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Bamboo Buffet, Bailey's Xroads

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Bamboo Buffet, Bailey's Xroads

James G | Mar 7, 2005 04:36 AM

Went to dinner at the above-named place last night with our two Chinese teachers and the husband of one of them. The place is way at the back of the Skyline Mall (the one with the GIant at the end), adjacent to a Hunan Palace restaurant. Normally, a buffet place would not tempt us, but this one advertises in the Chinese media, touting their Sichuan hotpot, and we thought it would be worth trying it.

Indeed, the buffet side of the place is only mediocre, though it has some interesting and well prepared dishes, such as frogs' legs, salt-pepper shrimp, sha-cha beef, and others. However, for $1.99 more than the standard $10.95/person price you can have the hotpot. They bring a portable propane burner to your table, and place a pot on it that is divided in half, with one half containing spicy broth and the other containing mild. You then select from among a large array of raw stuff to throw in there: beef, lamb, fish, squid, shrimp,oysters, mussels, fish balls, beef balls, spinach, etc. They replenish the broth as you use it up. There are condiments on the side to dip the food into as you pull it out of the pot and all of it is actually quite good.

We were about the only people there having the hotpot, though the vast majority of the other patrons were Latin American who may not be familiar with the dish. It's definitely worth a try.

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