In my previous article on Mandoo, I wrote about their yummy dumplings and Bibimbap. Those were our regular orders whenever we visited Mandoo. On a cold, chilly night we decided that it's time to try their Spicy Korean Hot Pot instead. There was a queue when we arrived and we were told the wait would be about fifteen minutes. When the staff found out that we would be ordering their Spicy Hot Pot, they told us they would start preparing the hotpot while we waited for a table. That was a brilliant initiative on their part because we got our food soon after we got a table.
When the hot pot arrived, it was piled high with ingredients crowned by a stack of Enoki mushrooms. We still can't figure out how the staff managed to turn the ingredients into the broth without dropping anything on the table.
Dining on the hot pot is like dipping into a surprise food basket. We kept discovering ingredients that we weren't aware were included in the meal. At first glance, we could see their famous dumplings, Enoki mushrooms, sliced brown mushrooms and carrots. As we tucked into the meal, we discovered Korean glass noodles, rice cakes, pork, kimchi, udon, fishcakes, cabbage and bok choy. The Spicy Hot Pot meal came accompanied with Mandoo's famous dipping sauce, crunchy pickles, kimchi and seaweed.
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you are not into spicy food, Mandoo has a non-spicy Hot Pot in which beef takes the place of the pork from the Spicy Hot Pot. The portion size in the picture is much bigger compared to the Spicy Hot Pot due to us ordering the larger serving size. It came with the same side dishes as the Spicy Hot Pot.
We enjoyed both versions of their hot pots but found the Spicy Hot Pot tastier. The menu states that the small portion is for 2-3 persons but we found that it's just nice for 4 persons. On the occasion when we ordered the large portion to be shared among 4 of us, we ended up taking away some of the food. Mandoo is a small café with limited seating. As they do not accept reservations, be prepared to wait for a table during peak dining hours.