Recently opened at Victoria Parade in Mawson Lakes, Lazy Boy Hot Pot is a place where you can enjoy Malatang Hotpot - a style of hotpot originating from China in which all the ingredients are already cooked for you as opposed to being cooked by you at the table. Customers create their meals by indicating to the staff the ingredients they want, followed by their choice of one of two broths, the standard Malatang broth or Tom Yum soup. The literal translation of Malatang is numbing, spicy and soup so Malatang broth is hot and spicy.
We were delighted that the basa fish, prawns and cuttlefish we chose for the version with Malatang broth did not taste fishy, an indication of their freshness. Some of the unique ingredients we chose for this dish were cuttlefish ink balls - a type of fish ball that includes cuttlefish; and lucky bags - tofu shaped to look like the namesake dumplings. Diners can also choose from various noodles to serve as a "base". The rice noodles we chose for the dish were cooked al dente. We opted to have our Malatang broth mild, which had a degree of spiciness suitable for most tastes. Those that want a punchier taste can order it with a medium or hot level of spiciness.
Malatang Hot Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While the Tom Yum Hot Pot had a fair amount of spice, it also had a background sweet taste, allowing it to be enjoyed by those not used to spicy foods. The stuffed beef balls we chose for the hot pot were notable for being stuffed with a bit of beef. Eating them slowly is advised to avoid squirting the juices all over you. For this hotpot, we chose egg noodles which had a firmer texture compared to the rice noodles we picked for the Malatang Hot Pot. Each diner is provided with a dipping sauce consisting of sesame paste mixed with chilli oil, which had a delectable nutty taste with a hint of spiciness.
Tom Yum Hot Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The restaurant has recently begun offering stir-fry, ordered in the same manner as the hot pot except that Malatang sauce is the only option for stir-fry. The decor of the restaurant is bright and fresh, with red being the theme colour. Parking is conveniently located at the front of the restaurant.