ipot, Sydney

08 Dec
December 8, 2012

I believe most have experienced, or if not, have heard of a Chinese hot pot.  An affair where raw ingredients are placed in a communal steaming pot of soup base.  Each to pick and choose their desired ingredients to be added.  Then the process of diving your chopsticks into the bubbling cauldron in the centre of the table, and chance upon your desired ingredient.  Or fight over that last prawn/scallop/piece of beef.  Communal dining at its best, and lot of fun.

ipot offers Chinese hot pot with a twist.  No need to share as everyone has their own individual pot.  No arguing on the soup base or ingredients, yet maintaining the communal eating/cooking experience.  Definitely a unique hot pot dining experience in Sydney.

Dining at ipot is a fun and entertaining experience.  Firstly choose from one of seven soup bases; Canton, Chinese Herbal, Hot & Spicy, Seafood, Mushroom, Ox Tail & Tomato or Japanese Miso.  Then select from a vast range of the freshest local produce and high quality imported ingredients; meat, seafood, vegetables, noodles, rice, tofu and much more.  If undecided on what to order just ask the helpful staff, they’re more than happy to offer suggestions.

While you are waiting for your hot pot and ingredients to arrive, head to the sauce/condiment bar.   This is where you mix and match ingredients to make your own special dipping sauce.  If in doubt on what to mix with what, the menu offers great combination suggestions to match with what you have ordered.  Sauce is $4/person

I personally can recommend JJ’s (Jiang Jiang, ipot Managing Director & Founder) special sauce combination of; mushroom sauce, ipot sauce, beef mince sauce, spicy sauce, coriander sauce and seafood dip all mixed together.  If in doubt make up a couple of sauce combinations.

Your hot pot arrives to the table cold and is placed on a round red circle in front of you.  No flames to be seen, these tables are state of the art induction cook tops.  It doesn’t take long until your pot is bubbling away and ready to receive ingredients.

Chinese herbal soup pot ($8/pot)

hot & spicy soup pot ($7/pot)

mushroom soup pot ($9/pot)

New Zealand green lipped mussels ($8/serve)

Australian scallops ($10/serve)

ling fish (price unknown)

Queensland Rangelands aged beef ($10/serve)

succulent lamb ($9/serve)

ox tongue ($15/serve)

cattle tripe, white ($7/serve)

mixed mini wah Combination, mashed pork, mashed shrimp, mushroom & pork and mashed cuttlefish (sample plate, priced between $8-$15/serve)

homemade cuttlefish noodle wah ($16/serve)

mashed shrimp wah ($12/serve)

Wah is a traditional Chinese specialty made by finely grinding meat or seafood, then hand pressing it into shapes.  This is then added to your hot pot.  The cuttlefish noodle wah is served in a piping bag.  You pipe the wah into your hot pot and noodles are formed.

selection of seasonal mushrooms ($12/serve)

leafy Chinese vegetables ($15/large serve)

quail eggs ($6/serve)

ipot Egg Dumplings,( $7/serve)

Japanese rice noodle ($4/serve)

ramen ($5/serve)

Fresh tofu ($5/serve)

The Verdict:  ipot is a dining experience with a fun factor, but can be a hot affair with the pots bubbling away.  Executive Chef, Jason Wong’s dedication to the finest ingredients and sauces take this above a novelty dining.  Smartphone users will be pleased with the plastic covers which are provided to protect your lifeline while you enjoy your hot pot experience.

Do tell dear Belly Rumbles’ reader, do you like cooking your meal at the table like me?

Don’t forget we have two great competitions running at the moment.  $200 PeepToe voucher, entries close Monday and Coffee Machines to giveaway, entries close Thursday.

Sara xxx

4-10 Goulburn St, Sydney
Tel:  +61 (2) 8355 3188

Belly Rumbles dined as a guest of ipot and Horizon Communication Group
I Pot Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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16 replies
  1. Wendy @ Obesebaby says:

    oh I came here couple of weeks ago too and i love it! I really like the idea of individual pot too.
    Wendy @ Obesebaby recently posted..Taipei Trip Part 1 + Apology to my readers

  2. Miss Piggy says:

    This looks like SO much fun. I’ve only had hotpot once or twice and I LOVE it, though I did find it a bit confusing as I had no idea what I was doing or what to order.
    Miss Piggy recently posted..Dov Cafe + the Urban Food Safari, Potts Point

  3. john@heneedsfood says:

    Wow, the hot & spicy soup pot is like peering into the bowls of the earth. Definitely one for chilli lovers!

    • Sara says:

      Was a nice heat, I didn’t find it over powering, but I do like my chilli. It did spice up a lot more towards the end of the meal when my soup reduced, but all good :)

  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    I have to say I think that the idea of individual hot pots probably suits more of the people out there – the whole raw food in cooked broth can seem a bit uneasy to some.
    Tina @ bitemeshowme recently posted..Ippudo, Sydney

    • Sara says:

      I don’t mind sharing my hot pot, that can be half the fun. Whacking somebody that is stealing the last prawn with my chopsticks…. probably shouldn’t of shared that :p

  5. Gaby says:

    I haven’t been to a proper hot pot restaurant yet, this more private version sounds perfect! Clever name, too.
    Gaby recently posted..Review: love.fish (Rozelle)

  6. Jacq says:

    This was heaps of fun and the wah and mini wah were so delicious!
    Jacq recently posted..Mino Sushi & Sake, Willoughby

  7. joey@FoodiePop says:

    This looks fun. I can’t wait to try it when the weather gets cooler, like today!
    joey@FoodiePop recently posted..Dish of the Week – Jazz City Diner (Darlinghurst)

  8. Sara says:

    Wow our whacky Sydney weather! As you aren’t actually eating the soup, just cooking in it, isn’t too bad on the heating side.

  9. Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) says:

    Love the cuttlefish noodles, but think I prefer communal hotpot-ing! Perhaps coz it’s so different to the hotpot experience I know and love, I felt a bit unsociable cooking and eating out of my own pot.
    Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) recently posted..Farewell to Munich

  10. Drool Worthy World says:

    WOW what an ingenious idea! Must check this place out! Perfect for winter! :D
    Drool Worthy World recently posted..Toraya


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