CQL Mini Pot, Burwood

4 November 2012, 12:19

OH HAIIII! So like, Mother Nature is being pretty damn annoying with her ups and downs in temperatures! I was all set to chillax on the beach over the weekend when ugly grey clouds started to form and bam instead of getting some much need Vitamin D my thoughts turned to hot pot.

It’s pretty rare for me to want hot pot as I’m usually super picky of what goes into a hot pot as I have a certain order that I reckon foods should go in (mushrooms, tofu and fish balls first, followed by meats, followed by noodles and leafy veg). But this post has been lurking in the back of my mind and woot I do love a bit of novelty, so the boy and I headed to CQL Mini Pot (117 Burwood Rd, Burwood) for lunch.

Check it out!!! Individual hot pots!!! I die at how cute they are AND how practical it is! No more fighting over other people’s sliver of meat! No more stealth needed to nab that fish ball! Mini Hot Pot Buffet is $29.90 and is only available at lunch on the weekends but available for dinner every day except Monday. You get a 2hour time limit but seriously that is heaps long. The hot pot broth comes standard with a chicken soup but if you want to pay a bit more you can get the chili soup (extra $1.80). Some metal platters land on your table so grab em and pick out what you want from the freezer at the front or from the containers towards the back wall.

It was a little weird picking out the frozen scrolls of thinly sliced lamb and beef but they cooked so fast like within 10 seconds!

The other side of the freezer had fish balls, fish dumplings, seafood sticks, taro balls, mushroom filled dumplings, and even fish dumplings filled with curry.

Move towards the back wall and be greeted with a seemingly never ending wall of fresh vegetables! Oh and eggs. Crack in an egg into your hot pot for poached egg goodness. Trust me.

I love mushrooms. Especially enoki mushrooms. They are seriously the best things in a hot pot!

Tofu galore! And er potato slices? Well hey whatever floats your boat.

Oodles of noodles. There’s a hot bain marie section too with fried foods incase you cbf cooking your own noodles and/or you wanted something non soupy to go with your hotpot. Oh and also a seafood section filled with prawns, mussels and slices of fish but I uh forgot to take a photo of it my bad.

Mah pot! The flashing lights on the induction stoves confused us a tad but the lovely waitress came by to explain when she saw us frantically stab at them haha the key is to only lightly touch the left button! 3 different temps- keep warm, cook, and crazy ass boil- be warned if you have too much liquid in your pot or you run the risk of freaking hot soup everywhere!

This is Noods’ chilli soup pot. See how red it is? It is exactly as spicy as it looks haha

Once your meat is cooked don’t forget to grab a dish of sauce or make up your own! Dip the meat into your sauce and enjoy!

Total destruction. There are freshly cut fruits available but we were too full and our bellies were sloshing about. There is a larger range of desserts available during dinner so methinks I will have to bring the family out and hot pot again soon!

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  1. Wow this place is ingenious! Having a hot pot to yourself and not needing to have to stand up and scoop. And not worrying about your fave hot pot ingredients running out. Looks great :)

    Tina @foodfortina    Nov 4, 12:25 PM    #

  2. tee, so cute! all you can eat hotpot sounds good for the moody weather we’ve been having. there’s a place in chinatown called “ipot” that we went to once (just because of the name), but it’s not buffet unfortunately!

    Christina Thai    Nov 4, 12:50 PM    #

  3. This place ia amazing, been waitong for individual pots for a while.

    milkteaxx    Nov 4, 01:20 PM    #

  4. Wow so cool that they now have the ingredients buffet style! Definitely makes it more easier :D

    Jen    Nov 4, 02:21 PM    #

  5. yeh budday!!! I can’t wait to go to this place to eat ALL the fishballs, meat, noodles, dumprings, rar rar rar.

    Food is our religion    Nov 4, 04:10 PM    #

  6. I walk past this place everyday and have always wanted to go in! Thanks for reviewing it, next cold day there is I’ll definitely be there!

    — Thesuzchef    Nov 4, 05:05 PM    #

  7. That’s a pretty nifty idea. I know I have issues with whats cooked in a hotpot too but I just keep reminded myself that everything will be cooked. Haha. Love any places where you can make your own dipping sauce. Sometimes pre made ones are horrible.

    Anyways mother nature sure lived up to her name. Miserable on Saturday but glorious on Sunday. Hope you managed to hit the beach then :P

    Tina @ bitemeshowme    Nov 5, 09:14 AM    #

  8. Love the mini hot pots and ha was Noods trying to earn some man cards with that chilli concoction?

    Helen (grabyourfork)    Nov 5, 11:27 AM    #

  9. this is pretty cool! i like my food going into the hot pot in a certain order as well ^^” fish tofu, pork/fish balls all in first, then tofu and mushrooms, meats, green veg, and then noodles :)

    Vivian - vxdollface    Nov 5, 11:36 AM    #

  10. Having individual hot pots are so smart. XD Must try it out.

    L    Nov 5, 12:37 PM    #

  11. Woooah, this place looks great. It’s like the 50/50 hotpots taken to the next level and $29 is such a bargain!

    Richard Elliot    Nov 5, 11:24 PM    #

  12. Do they do just a vegie stock so I could go? :) I hate missing out on stuff because I don’t want animals in my food!

    Cass @foodmyfriend    Nov 6, 12:28 PM    #

  13. Dear Suze,

    Weather and hotpots aside, I reckon that smile of yours look pretty sharp.

    ChopinandMysaucepan    Nov 6, 06:33 PM    #

  14. wow looks like there’s a pretty good selection with the buffet and decent value too!

    Jacq    Nov 7, 04:09 PM    #

  15. awesome! i could load up on anything i want! can’t wait to try this place out!

    Riley    Nov 7, 07:21 PM    #

  16. Oh … I went to ipot in chinatown a couple of months ago! It’s interesting to have your own pot…
    Though, sharing a pot seems so much more fun in it’s own ways too…
    the pros and cons to both! :D

    cassie@nextstopfood    Nov 8, 11:40 AM    #

  17. will definitely try this. like you, i’m kind of “careful” on what goes in my hot pot, i really only do hotpot when i’m people i’m close with. this one’s perfect as I get to choose what goes in my very own hotpot. :)

    ibyang    Nov 8, 01:13 PM    #

  18. oh my goodness…look all those meats!!!!! and those small pots are so adorable >< love hotpot!!!

    Mina@My Hunger will go on    Nov 9, 12:59 PM    #

  19. adorable max! love this idea of little pots.

    penny    Nov 11, 08:21 PM    #

  20. Brilliant! Please tell me they had fish roe balls? They’re seriously my favourite!

    — Jessica    Nov 13, 09:45 AM    #

  21. yes, they have roe balls.

    — treeing    Nov 17, 02:17 PM    #

  22. This place is sooo cute and I love the individual hotpots – genius!

    Christine @ Cooking Crusade    Nov 18, 12:50 AM    #

  23. i walk past this place every morning akgkxkdkc okay next winter i am making this place my second home.

    — eatfood    Nov 18, 07:42 PM    #

  24. Woooow this looks really neat! I have hot pot every week or so, haha. Haven’t tried an individual pot experience though.

    Sophie @ teathymes    Nov 21, 09:12 PM    #

  25. this is beyond awesome……

    Jenny (minibites)    Nov 25, 10:32 AM    #

  26. I am definitely going to have to try this place – individual hot pots sounds brilliant!

    Amanda@ChewTown    Dec 8, 05:06 PM    #

  27. looks great! do they have chicken/pork though? or just beef and lamb?

    — Lin    Jan 26, 02:24 PM    #

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