Do You Know PJ’s Top Hotpot Restaurant?
do you know PJ’s Top Hotpot Restaurant?
In this article, you will discover what makes Hotpot restaurants so popular in Malaysia and how they have burst into the local foodie scene and where PJ’s top hotpot restaurant is. Also known as steamboat, hotpot is a Chinese cooking method prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table, containing a variety of Asian foodstuffs and ingredients.
While a hotpot full of flavored broth is kept simmering, raw ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked in a manner similar to fondue (hot pots usually use a water-based soup, while fondues use melted cheese). Since hotpot itself is considered as a main dish, it can be enjoyed without other separate courses like rice or noodles. The cooked food is often eaten with a dipping sauce for additional flavoring.
Typical hotpot ingredients include thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, vermicelli, sliced potatoes, bean products, egg dumplings, tofu, and seafood. Raw ingredients are pre-sliced into thin sections that will cook quickly and consistently in the simmering broth, which is maintained at a gentle boiling temperature. Most raw foods can be cooked in a hotpot, although they may have different cooking times, and must be immersed in the soup and then removed accordingly.
At the conclusion of the meal, the broth has acquired many flavors from the added ingredients, and may be served to the diners after turning off the cooking heat source.
Hotpot meals are known to enhance friendship and unite family members or colleagues as several people sit around a pot, talking and eating. The warm atmosphere makes people feel comfortable and relaxed. Hotpot is especially popular in cold places and on rainy days.
Due to the high popularity and the unique way of eating, hotpot has already become a major pastime or even culinary culture. And this popular meal has mushroomed all over the world including Malaysia. There are so many hotpot restaurants food lovers can choose and taste
One of the most popular hotpot is the Chongqing hotpot (重庆火锅), to which the unmistakably fragrant and spicy Sichuan peppercorn (花椒) is added. Chongqing hotpot is distinctly different from other types of hotpot. Quite often the differences lie in the soup base (usually Mala Soup 麻辣汤), meats used and types of sauces and condiments used to flavour the meat.
Why is PJ’s Top Hotpot Restaurant Special?
Did you know what makes PJ’s top hotpot restaurant special? Yes, your guess is right – Mala Soup (麻辣汤)!! This soup is bursting with health benefits. But what are the Healthy Ingredients, Herbs and Spices that make our Mala Soup extra special?
Herbs and Spices
Don’t let our Mala Soup spiciness fool you! Here’s the combination of some unique herbs and spices that make our Chongqing Hotpot extra special and best of all, aids your body’s overall health :
Helps with heartburn and acid reflux, Aids weight loss
Helps reduce risk of cancer, helps reduce risk of diabetes, high in antioxidants,
Sichuan Peppercorn (花椒)
Stimulates blood circulation, helps lower cholesterol levels, helps lower risk of heart disease
Fennel Seed (小茴香)
Boosts metabolism, Regulates appetite
Black Cardamom (草果)
Helps lower blood pressure, treats bad breath and improves breathing, aids weight loss, its
antioxidant compounds help protect cell-damage inflammation
Anti-oxidant, Anti-bacterial & some anti-viral properties protect against diseases; aids oral health, calms nausea, soothes sore muscles, eases arthritis symptoms, helps improve blood sugar levels, eases period pains, relieves indigestion
How is Hotpot Healthy – Here are some Tips
Hotpot can be a healthy meal when you choose your ingredients, soup base and dipping sauces carefully to avoid an overdose of sodium, saturated fats and carbohydrates in your meal.
Avoid high sodium content in Hotpot
The sodium content in a typical hotpot meal may exceed recommended daily salt intake with the following hotpot ingredients such as fish balls, cuttlefish balls, crab sticks and meatballs. These are all processed foods high in sodium. One can easily devour a dozen of these perennial hot pot favourites – fish balls, meatballs, and cuttlefish balls – in one sitting. Just five servings each of fish balls and cuttlefish balls will use up more than half your daily allowance for sodium (2,000mg) and cholesterol (300mg). And this does not include the sodium in the broth!
Beware of saturated fats in Hotpot broth
Hotpot lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to soup base or broth. Besides the very popular Chongqing Hotpot Mala Soup, there’s also Thai tom yam soup, Sichuan hot and spicy soup, Chinese herbal pork belly soup and kombu dashi soup (for Japanese nabe or shabu-shabu). The soup base which already contains salt, is made more flavourful by adding slices of marinated pork, chicken, beef and organ meats such as liver, pork kidney and beef tripe, all of those are high in saturated fats. Even the chilli paste added to soups is sometimes fried with corn, soybean, olive or canola oil.
Observe the following rules to enjoy a healthy hotpot meal that doesn’t lead to heartburn, indigestion or constipation:
Select a light soup base for your hot pot
If you are going for the popular and spicy Chongqing Mala broth or soup base (麻辣汤), ask for oil-free and lighter version. If you are selecting clear soup base or light-flavoured soups such as mushroom and cabbage tofu soup, this would be a healthy choice for hotpot. Insist on low-sodium soup stock and avoid drinking the broth.
Choose lean over fat
Choose fish, seafood, lean pork, and chicken over internal organs such as liver, intestines, beef tripe, and pork kidney.
Go easy on carbohydrates
Avoid adding rice or noodles to a hot pot meal. You risk piling up calories with these refined carbohydrates.
Add more high-fibre vegetables to your hotpot
Fill your hot pot with carrots, cabbage, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and green peas.
Choose light dipping sauces
Go for light dipping sauces such as fresh cut chillies with soya sauce, minced garlic, vinegar sauce instead of sambal, chilli oil, deep-fried garlic and oil-based sauces.
Go easy on processed foods
Fish balls, meatballs, cuttlefish balls, and crab sticks are high in sodium, saturated fats and chemical preservatives such as sodium nitrite which is used to preserve the meat’s flavour and colour.
Watch out for increased nitrite levels in hotpot broth
Repeated boiling of the hot pot broth for more than 90 minutes may increase nitrite levels and so, please set a time limit.
With friends, family and a good occasion, it’s always easy to consume more than our fair share. And because our brain takes about 20 minutes to register when we are full, we must always remember eat slowly and chew thoroughly to prevent overeating.
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