Japanese restaurant Nishimura has added hot-pot to its menu authentic paper hot-pot, that is. Originally a speciality of Osaka, it has become popular all over the world.
Instead of a clay pot, the dish is cooked in a wire mesh basket lined with special imported paper. Broth is poured in, then put on the table-top stove powered by alcohol jelly to stop the paper burning.
The hot pot ingredients are served on side dishes. The restaurant’s chef, Mr. Ryoichi Iwashita, from Osaka, offers two types: seafood paper hot pot ($18) with crab claws, scallops, black tiger prawns, squid, tofu, mushrooms (enoki and shitake), udon noodles and a good selection of vegetables. Kobe beef hot pot ($35) uses the renowned kobe beef. A glass of cold sake complates the meal.
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(Vietnam Economic times The Guide)