15/05/2014

Han Ju Hot Pot


V has requested I start reviewing restaurants again so here is a quick attempt. I get so self-conscious about sticking my camera in food in busy restaurants. If I had it my way, no one would be around to stare so I could grab a chair and stand on it to get the right angle. That's right, I am that type.

So...Han Ju Hot Pot. This little restaurant is located at Crystal Mall but there is no entry from the mall itself. You must walk around the perimeter to find this corner restaurant. Despite this inconvenience, it is still a popular choice and seats can get filled quickly during lunch time. I often go during the weekdays for a guaranteed spot. Groups larger than 4 may have some trouble due to the small space available.

This is the type of restaurant V and I go for a quick, decent, cheap meal. Actually, most meals at the Crystal Mall food court could fit all these qualities but we pick this location for the seating and to avoid the chaotic environment of the food court. On this trip, we ordered the Kimchi & BBQ Pork with Rice (first picture) and Crispy Chicken with Noodle Soup (I can't recall the exact name). The Kimchi & BBQ Pork with Rice comes with miso soup and is a big hit with many customers. We like it for the flavorful meat, generous portions and because it looks like a somewhat balanced meal. I often see other tables get the exact same dish. As for the noodle soup, it had a strong garlic flavor to it which I did not expect. I generally like garlic but it may be a deterrent for others ordering it. I am a sucker for Taiwanese-style deep fried chicken and Han Ju's version is good overall.

It is definitely not a place to visit for service but I will continue to come back for the convenient comfort food.

Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot 韓州豆腐鍋專門店 on Urbanspoon

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The name "sojoo" roots from "this is so Joany". Somehow in my convoluted thoughts, the name makes sense. On this blog you will find a collection of photos from my every day life. Hope you enjoy and stay for a little while.