Hello everyone :D How was your weekend? Weather has been pretty horrible here :( so windy and cold and worse of all the RAIN! I hate hate hate rain with such strong passion lol anyhow because of the depressing weather…Mr Bao and I have been craving HOT POT ~ Initially we wanted to have it at home, but I couldn’t find our pot or our hot pot stove lol so we gave up.
We were getting pretty sick of our usual hot pot places, because it simply wasn’t what we’re use to in HK :( It was more a Northern Chinese type hot pot. We need to thank Julz for recommending Gold Leaf BBQ at the Docklands and just a reminder for those who would like to visit, it’s the Gold Leaf restaurant at the Waterfront and not in Star Circus ~ because there are two in the Docklands.
We were immediately impressed when we walked in, for a second we felt like we were transported back to HK ~ with the tables, the pots, the cutlery and the decoration of the restaurant. This is the hot pot we wanted :D YAY!
It’s an All You Can Eat hot pot menu which is PERFECT because Mr Bao and I went with his friend Simson ~ and I knew the boys were hungry :) For $38.80 you get some seafood, unlimited meat, fishballs, veggies and noodles. You also have the option of having your own individual hot pot or a large pot to share with the whole table. We really liked the idea of our our individual pot, so got three mini pots :)
First things first, you had to choose the soup/broth you wanted with your hot pot – they had a few to choose from pork bone stock, tom yum, tomato and mushroom and supreme spicy stock.
Mr Bao and I both chose the Pork Bone Stock :) It was nice to actually see the pork bone and that it was proper stock and not something out of a pack hehe ~ the broth was actually was nice and we’re pretty sure they didn’t use any MSG which is always good ~
Simson decided he liked it ‘HOT’ so he chose the Supreme Spicy Stock ~ I kind of regret not getting it, because I love spicy food and hehe I cooked some of my beef slices in this spicy stock and really liked it.
Another thing we really liked was the ‘sauce’ station lol they they had the XO sauce, soy sauce, chilli sauce, sesame sauce and a few more ~
LOL Mr Bao wanted to create the ‘Olympic’ logo with the sauce… lol boys…. *rolls eyes* but it is nice that the sauce station is open for customers to help themselves, even places in HK don’t give you unlimited access to the sauce, you have to ask or pay for it separately.
The boys are definitely CARNIVORES so we started off with beef, lamb and pork slices :) I was impressed with the beef and that it was a decent quality and sliced quite thinly. I don’t eat lamb, but Mr Bao said it was a little gamey while the pork belly slices were lovely ~
All customers get 2 oysters and 1 abalone each :) niceeeee I haven’t had abalone for quite a while hehe they were both very fresh and we only cooked it in the broth briefly ~
Customers could order unlimited mussels ;) I’m not really a fan of mussels, don’t know why but they have a fishy taste which I don’t like…but these were once again fresh and for mussels lovers this will make you very happy ~
Whenever we have hot pot, regardless of being in HK or Melbourne, my all time favourite are these ‘Balls’ lol the fish balls, the meatballs, the prawn balls every since type of these balls/dumplings I love them all :D In HK they even have a fish ball with a piece of cheddar cheese inside YUM! Gosh I miss the hot pot in HK :(
Have you had dried bean curd when eating hot pot? It’s one of the healthier items hehe and the dried bean curd absorbs all of the flavours in the stock and the same goes for the tofu hehe ~ If you haven’t tried give it a go next time you have hot pot :)
We really enjoyed the hot pot here, and even though it may be a little expensive to have hot pot here, considering the fact that it’s unlimited, you get oysters, abalone and meat, I am happy to come back to Gold Leaf when I have serious HK style hot pot cravings :D
Our special guest Simson seemed pretty happy hehe :) he was busy Facebooking and uploading photos of the hot pot when I took this pic :P Oops forgot to ask him if I can put his photo up ~ hope he doesn’t mind!
This hot pot feast was kind of like Simson’s farewell >_< Because Simson is leaving Melbourne soon and going back to work in HK… I wish I could say I’m use to it….because so many friends leave all the time…but it’s always hard when I friend leaves…it’s particularly hard for Mr Bao because they’re high school mates and have been friends for so long.
All the best in HK Simson! Take good care of yourself and we really hope you’d come back to Melbourne sooner rather than later!
Gold Leaf BBQ Docklands
Shop 14G, 427 Docklands Dr,
Waterfront City, Docklands 3008
PH: (03) 9642 4288