Went out with my parents tonight for dinner to celebrate my acceptance into school (again!)~ We went for the Hot Pot (打邊爐) at the restaurant below the Chinese Cultural Centre, which, apparently, is just called Cultural Centre Restaurant in English (how creative of them).
This is an all-you-can-eat type of deal, and for $21.95 (I think) on the weekends, it’s pretty good. Last year, Regency was charging like $26.95 a head on the weekends. The Hot Pot at Cultural Centre Restaurant comes with unlimited pop, Sour Prune Drink (酸梅湯) or Sugar Cane Water (甘蔗水). We often have 酸梅湯 and 甘蔗水 with Hot Pot because these are very “cool” (涼) drinks, and help to counteract the very “hot” (熱氣) nature of Hot Pot.
My dad and I like coming here because we like the fish filets they offer, my dad doesn’t eat much red meat so it’s not a very economical meal unless there’s fish involved! There were about 10 different types of soup to choose from, and you can get it split with 2 different types of soup. We usually get a spicy one and a non spicy one. We got a spicy pork one & a fish/pumpkin soup this time (not pictured).
So pretty much it’s a buffet style type of thing but with raw meat & veggies, you go up, pick what you want, and come back to your table to cook it yourself!
This plate consisted off fatty beef (肥牛), fish balls (魚蛋), tripe, squid, oysters, wontons, and some minced fish balls.
This one has lobster balls, pork blood (豬紅), some minced meat wrapped in seaweed, some minced meat wrapped in tofu, and more of the same as above. There was also 牛鞭 there, I’m pretty sure that’s cow penis, but my parents wouldn’t tell me (wakaka~).
And some vegetables (it’s good for you!). There’s some cantonese lettuce, oyster mushrooms, tomatoes, and enoki (金菇). That’s pig intestine (豬腸) in the little bowl – that’s the bf’s, I don’t like that stuff (yuck).
The dessert selection here is pretty slim though (no ice cream!). There was some regular jell-o, some mango jelly with whipped cream, oranges, some sesame cookies, some green bean soup (綠豆沙), some red bean soup (紅豆沙), and some grass jelly (涼粉). My aunt wanted some grass jelly at the end of the meal. There was none out at the table so we asked the server, and she said someone was cutting it right now. We waited for another 20 minutes and there still weren’t any out, so we just left.
An interesting thing to note about this restaurant is that their chairs are really low. It makes eating Hot Pot very dangerous (open flame very close to face), I had to stack 2 chairs on top of each other to be at a comfortable height.
CULTURAL CENTRE RESTAURANT (中華大酒樓)
197 1 Street Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 5K4