Hubby and I were on leave today as we had to attend orientation at Al’s new school premises. As it was her first day of school as well as her first day taking school bus, we had a busy morning getting her ready. Alas, the school bus also cocked up and was very late as well.
Murphy’s 2nd law – whatever can go wrong, will go wrong! Ha.
After sending her up the school bus, hubby and I hurriedly drove off to her school to attend the orientation. I love Al’s primary school – they really take care of the kids well!
Ok fast forward. Orientation ended at 3pm and after running an errand, we reached Hai Di Lao Hot Pot at about 430pm.
We parked at Clarke Quay basement carpark. Hai Di Lao was at block D.
Once we got in, we immediately were seated, was given two hot towels to freshen up, and was given this iPad to start ordering.
The soup bases came with quite a number of ingredients, to our pleasant surprise. The tomato soup base had mushrooms and tomatoes in it while the seafood soup base had prawns and mussels in it! Impressive and generous!
You can opt to pay $3 for free flow of Liang Teh (which I chose), sour plum drink (which hubby chose) and some other drink. The Liang Teh was really good, not too sweet and tasted herbal enough. And I love free flow drinks in steamboat cos I always drink a lot :X
This is a very thoughtful invention – a stand where you can hook your ladles while you cook the food in the soup! No need to use your hands and hold the ladles while waiting for the food to cook!! Amazing right lol!
Their fringe activities / facilities while you wait for your table:
They really seem to have just 1 objective in their mind – to make their customer happy. That’s the true spirit in customer service!
Ok, on to the food Liao!
Some people who know me will know that I love to try weird food. They had duck gizzards and I obviously ordered it haha. I’ve eaten duck gizzards before at duck rice stalls.. But I’ve never cooked them.
So I realized today, that u cannot cook them for just a while and eat them. U put them inside for a very long time – then it will be tender. Haha.
A waitress came over to us and asked “Would you like me to deshell the prawns for you?”
Hubby and I looked at each other in amusement and I replied “No thanks”. Coz hubby prefers to cook the prawns with the shell on – the flesh moisture gets retained in the shell and somehow tastes nicer after u cook it.
After she left, hubby went “she might as well go on to say ‘Would you like me to feed you?‘…” ROFL.
Really, they were just short of feeding us every spoonful la. haha. *clap clap for another amusing but thoughtful act of service*
Swine throat. I asked the lady how to eat it. She said I gotta cook it for just a while. I experimented and found out the best possible timing to leave it in the pot so it’s crunchy and not to rubbery.
Swipe it through the length of the steamboat THRICE only. Right left right. Then eat. Four times – rubbery.
Swine throat itself tastes very bland. It’s the texture that’s interesting.
My question to you is – did the two of us eat a lot? I was nicely full after this. Hubby too. We didn’t eat until we burst. And this came up to $122. 0_o
Went for a toilet trip before we left.
“On your special day of that month, pls approach our staff should you require any pads.”
Another thoughtful gesture 🙂
Really got nothing bad to say leh. Haha. They got it all covered! It’s pricey cos it’s ala carte – that’s the only downside. Service is impeccable. Even the servers who take out the raw food to your table – says a “请慢用” (means “please enjoy”) without fail!
Will I go again?
Yes I will. They open until 3am!