Address: Hong Fang Zi, 2/F, 35 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Changle Lu 红房子, 陕西南路35号2楼, 近长乐路
Tel: 5236 6038
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 11:30am-3pm, 5-10pm [Sat-Sun] 11:30am-10pm
Price: [lunch] 118~128 RMB/person, drinks extra [dinner] 138~150 RMB/person, drinks extra
Visited: Nov 2011
Last year, Sugared & Spiced kicked off the hot pot season with Qimin Organic Hot Pot (still a lovely spot to visit), and this year, it all started with Mo-Mo Paradise. Originally from Tokyo, this hot pot chain now has around 100 branches in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand, and its Shanghai branch just opened earlier this year. For 118~128 RMB (lunch) and 138~150 RMB (dinner), they offer all-you-can-eat selections of quality meats and organic vegetables. Clean interior, excellent service, no fuss.
The appetizer plate.
Mo-Mo Paradise offers four broth choices: sukiyaki, shabu shabu, spicy miso, and curry. The most popular choice is the sukiyaki broth, a sweet and savory combination of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin (a rice wine with a 40~50% sugar content).
We also tried the shabu shabu, a very light kombu and vegetable-based broth.
There are 3 types of meat to choose from: beef brisket, pork chuck, and prime beef chuck. All are of very good quality, though the crowd favorite is probably still the prime beef.
Sukiyaki pot comes with refills for sukiyaki sauce, while the shabu shabu pot comes with sesame sauce for dipping.
For the sukiyaki broth, cook the meat briefly until it changes color, then dip it in raw egg (beaten). If you have never eaten raw eggs before, give this a try, you might be surprised by how much you’ll love it.
The shabu shabu pot comes with sesame sauce as the broth itself is very light.
Unlimited supply of organic vegetables, rice, and noodles.
Calpis sour (19 RMB).
In this 5C weather, there’s not much better than congregating with a group of friends over a boiling hot pot. Do call in advance to make a reservation as this restaurant is very popular.