On the weekend, we had all of my wife’s side of the family over for a belated Chinese New Year meal together.
The theme for this dinner? Steamboat!
We don’t have steamboat very often, but it’s a family favourite.
The best way to explain what steamboat is, is that it’s like a hotpot. We normally put out trays of various uncooked foods (sliced meats like sliced beef or chicken, balls like beef balls, fish balls, crab balls, tofu balls, etc) and each guest will put what they want into a boiling steamboat pot in the middle of the table to cook their own food. Then you spoon it out and have it with noodles, vegies and some of the broth – sort of like a noodle soup 🙂
In Perth, one of the best (and only?) places to buy the bits and pieces for steamboat is Emma’s Yong Tau Foo shop in William Street in Northbridge.
I actually hadn’t gone in there before, always dropping Wifey out the front. But on the weekend I ventured inside this unassuming shop.
And it’s like a TARDIS!
It’s a massively packed Chinese grocery shop, and towards the back is a massive counter full of bags of balls and other goodies. My mouth was watering just looking at all the food, and as usual, we ended up buying way too much!
Wifey had to pull me away from the Chinese New Year food display they had there too – very… hard… to… resist.. Kueh Bankit…
If you’re not sure what to buy, I noticed they sold some combination/assorted bags if you want to try different things first.
Or just do what we do – buy a few bags of single items, eat as much as you can on the day, and chuck the rest in the freezer to have with noodles for the next few weeks 🙂
Emma’s Yong Tau Foo shop is located on the corner of William St and Newcastle St in Northbridge: http://www.whereis.com/WA/Northbridge/317-William-St/#session=MTE=