Mushroom and spicy soup ($8)I will say though, that when Dainty Sichuan’s soup bases say spicy (they will be marked in the menu with the number of chillies), they really do mean business. Now I wanted to highlight this to you because, in an act of being rather acutely silly (there’s really no better way to put it), I placed an order for the beer duck soup base. The word ‘beer’ must have stolen my attention, because evidently while I was so excited about the prospect of cooking my goods in beer-flavoured soup, I managed to completely not see that there were three chilli signs on it. This was so hot; my eyes were actually watering at the first taste & I definitely had my fair share of hallucinatory peppercorns! Thankfully, after some swappage action, M was able to take the beer duck soup (which he absolutely loved) and I ended up with the mushroom soup base (which was equally incredible and a great substitute for non-spicy lovers). Phew, crisis averted.
Beer duck hot pot ($12.8) – caution: hot!
Just to give you an idea, we dished out some of the chilli oil from the beer duck soup and dear god – look how much we managed to scoop out on the first couple of scoops! Insanely spicy, and it’s not hard to see why.
Mushroom soup base ($6)
Seafood soup and spicy soup ($12)
Spicy soup ($6)As for the food, it really was hot pot haven. I was blown away by the quality of the food offered, and the generosity as well – some of these platers were massive! I’ll let the photos do the talking, but a few of the table favourites included: the fried tofu, the mushroom combo, the beef and prawn meat balls and the fish slices (a couple of which I didn’t manage to take photos of).
Prawn meatball ($10)
Coriander beef meat balls ($8)
Vegetables combo ($16)
Beef and lamb combo ($28) + vermicelli and rice cakes($5 each)
Rice cakes ($5)
We also ordered a variety of seafood (calamari $8; cuttlefish $8 etc.)If you’re a lover of hot pot, Dainty Sichuan in Box Hill offers the ultimate experience. And whether you’re a lover of spicy food or not, there’s definitely a little something for everyone.Just be wary that you’re guaranteed to walk out smelling of spices by the time you leave.