OK, I'm not a fan of going to buffets. In fact, I avoid them. But I remember eating at a Mongolian Hot Pot restaurant many years ago (in a country far, far away) and enjoying the experience. So I was tempted to try Crazy Fire, as I was driving right past the restaurant as I was coming and going to our hotel.
I'm really glad we decided to re-try the Hot Pot. The depth of the number of items, sauces and spices was staggering. I'd suggest that one peruse all of the vegetables, proteins and carbs before filling your bowl with whatever you would like to be cooked on the hot pot. Be careful with your choice of oils and spices, because the finished product could pack quite a spicy punch if you're not ready for it, or not used to hot foods.
I don't want to scare off folks who don't like spicy food, as you can choose your meal based on non-spicy alternatives, too!
Being a "meat-atarian," and loving noodles, I threw together a melange of pasta, seafood, beef and chicken, mixed with a few veggies to give the whole thing some color and crunch. I took a wild guess on which oils and spices to use, but I love curry, so I loaded that on with some cayenne pepper.
At the time I arrived at the hot pot, the circle around the cooks was jammed with people and I had to wait a short time for the cooks to empty my bowls onto the pot to start cooking. I estimate the entire wait, including cooking time, was less than 10 minutes. In addition to the stuff you chose to put in your meal, you have the option of adding rice and they will fry your rice if you prefer.
The cooks definitely have an art of wielding their knives, keeping each individual serving separated, and cooking the ingredients to perfection. I especially enjoyed watching how they deal with the servings that included eggs.
Ultimately, my meal smelled, looked and tasted great. I lucked out with my guess of combinations of oils and spices. I was stuffed after eating one serving (filling two bowls!), but my daughter and son-in-law went back for seconds. My daughter is an almost-vegetarian, and she loved the entire experience, from selecting ingredients, to watching the preparation, to eating the meal.
For dinner, the cost was something like $11.95/person with the one price including all you could eat. Wasn't sure how to tip, so I tipped the cooks 1/2 and the waitress 1/2.
All in all, it was a great meal and we would definitely return in the future!
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