20 2015 Mar

Qimin’s Organic Hotpot

TaiwanTagged da'an district, food, hotpot, market, organic, taipei

There doesn’t seem to be that much information about this place, in English that is. But this place boasts both a grocer and a hot pot restaurant. It’s niche organic offering expanded to Shanghai where they source ingredients from their local farm. As you can imagine, this place won’t be your global chain. They’ll focus on quality, which so happens to drive the price higher. I don’t mind when it’s about good eating. It’s a good thing in this town where there’s a hot pot joint around every corner. The taste stood out from them all.

Once we got there, it wasn’t too busy. We had reservations but there were a couple of free tables available. We got the end which was great. I had a few bags that fit great in the corner. Staff was friendly and responsive. Even helping us out when we ordered way too much. When we ran out of room on the table they held off on items until we were ready. And they seem to know how long it would take until the broth ran low. Before I knew it, refilled. Now that’s service for a hot pot place that usually has the wait staff running around refilling and restocking tables.

The place itself was clean and modern. Plenty of tables for large parties as well as counter seating. And most notable, was the fact that this place served individual pots. One for every person. And with all the steaming pots in this place, it felt very comfortable. The air conditioning wasn’t blasting and I didn’t walk out smelling like food. lol. My worse nightmare would be that Seinfeld episode where Elaine gets followed around by a pack of dogs. Glad this place had it locked down.

Qimin Market
No. 158, Section 2, Xinyi Road (台北市信義路二段158號2樓)
Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan
+886 02-2772-5123

Verdict: I highly recommend it for good hot pot and I myself will be back here. Probably within the month.

The Store @Qi-Min Market

Entering the restaurant, you'll walk through their small market where they stock things you'll typically find at Whole Foods. Not a bad idea actually when you love the restaurant. Too bad I don't live here.

Kitchen @Qi-Min Market

In the center of the restaurant was the open kitchen. You get to check out all the prep work that goes into your food for you to... er... cook yourself. Hey, that's what we signed up for. Don't judge.

Menu @Qi-Min Market

I have to call out the menu here. It's beautifully printed with pictures and information about each item. About six pages all sans plastic coverings for re-use. Amazing right? Especially when the menu changes every other month. Don't fret, I believe this was printed on recycled paper.

Veggies @Qi-Min Market

An assortment of organic goodness to compliment all the proteins we ordered.

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Beef Rolls @Qi-Min Market

Starting our set off was this dish. Though it looked semi appetizing, they tasted as they looked. Dry. Can't say I was thrilled after my first piece. And that's with us hungry. Kinda wish I could describe it to you. A little salty, a little sweet, but most of all, unmemorable. I think we had more than half left when we were done.

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Deviled Tea Eggs @Qi-min Market

Also included in our set were Qi-min's version of deviled eggs. Not bad, but if you're a deviled egg lover, you may be disappointed. It tasted like a muted version of the original. The tea doesn't come through either. I can skip these.

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Abalone @Qi-Min Market

This was a wonderful addition to the set, fresh abalone along with the fish balls and egg wontons. Do not overcook the abalone. It doesn't take long to cook them. And if this wasn't enough, you can always order more.

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Herbal Chicken Broth @Qi-Min Market

I went with a light broth this time. Given all the things we ordered, this soup base was going to be full of flavor. Not like it didn't have enough. The medicinal aspects of the broth can be appreciated by itself, before the onslaught of beef, pork, lamb, seafood, and of course, veggies.

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Meat Assortment @Qi-Min Market

Here's all the meat that came with our set. If I can remember correctly, it's two types of beef and Kurobuta pork. Wonderful. This close up shot really doesn't do the size justice. It's actually plenty for two people.

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Beef Sirloin @Qi-Min Market

Check out that marble. It makes for good eats and a big belly, not to mention the food coma we would soon hit. We won an extra plate of this in an ad hoc game the restaurant put together. Woot!

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House Made Schacha @Qi-Min Market

It doesn't pack the punch you'd normally expect. But it makes you wonder what's in the normal stuff if this is organic.

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Seafood @Qi-Min Market

Look at that sashimi grade fish, fresh shrimp, scallops, glistening clams and that prawn, oh that glorious prawn. For two, this was more than enough with our beef. The conch slices were the only let down. Too firm no matter how much you cooked it. That was minor though. It was my first time having it in hot pot. You may like it.

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The OxPosted March 20, 2015 by the hungry ox

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