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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Restaurant Yue Lai - Chinese HOTPOT

A best Buy!
Again an incredible discovery: Chinese restaurant Yue Lai at Hermosilla 101. I have never been to China but this must be a very similar experience. No spring rolls, no rice “tres delicias”, the specialty here is the HOTPOT;
very Chinese indeed!!!! (simplified Chinese: 火锅; traditional Chinese: 火鍋; pinyin: huǒ guō), less commonly Chinese fondue or steamboat). A stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table.

Name is Yue Lai because they say so...

Restaurant is displayed on two floors and everyone around (80% of customers and 100% of personnel) is Chinese. There are some difficulties to communicate with the waiters but they are very smiley so we order our HOTPOT (yin and yang shaped). Half medium hot, half no hot. This is an advice; medium hot is really hot!!!

Yin/Yang pot simmering
You get this yin/yan pot with boiling water and whatever ingredients you may choose to boil inside, our choice was; mushroom, broccoli, chinese veggy, some kind of leafy greens, red crabs, shrimp, veal, fish balls (very good!), seaweeds, chinese noodles, it comes with some bowls of peanut dipping sauce, chinese sticks and a dipper spoon.
Looking for information I learned that this is a very ancient dish (more than 1.000 years) and it has regional specialties. There are often disagreements between different styles of hot pot enthusiasts. Some like to place items into the hot pot at a relaxed, leisurely pace, enjoying the cooking process, while others prefer to dump everything in at once and wait for the hotpot to return to a boil. We did this (dumpy type) driven by our enthusiasm.

It was delicious!!! and the best of all the price: 50 euro for six adults plenty satisfied.


  1. Jorge de la Peña23 March, 2012 11:37

    I agree! It was an incredible chinesse experience. I do recommend.

  2. It's a great place! I went there this winter and had a great time. The non spicy soup is deliciuos (I drank nearly he whole thing once we had finished with the things yoy put in) with a great gingery flavour. There's another great chinese hot-pot restaurant near Gran Vía, in C/ Silva.. if you haven't been yet I strongly reccomend it.


    1. Thank you for your recommendation i'll definitely try the Gran Via HOTPOT. I will also try some of your recipes, they look very good!!!

  3. Dim sum is a great way to eat with servers with carts of smaller plates going around and giving you various dishes from the cart. Phoenix Chinese Restaurant


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