I’ve always wanted to try Sichuan Skewer hot pot and so it was the perfect opportunity to try at Qipo Skewer Bar in Melbourne city – tucked upstairs in an apartment block in Sunderland Lane, Qipo Skewer Bar is a relatively new restaurant capitalising on the popularity of Sichuan hot pot in Melbourne. With skewers only 80 cents each, it is so satisfying to work your way through a few dozen with the steaming hot pot soup broth in front of you.
The good fat: We picked the mix half’n’half soup base, featuring the seafood broth and the spicy chilli one (which mostly just sat there looking pretty on the side because that level of spice is INSANE for us!) Mixing our own sauces from a variety of sesame paste, peanuts, hoisin sauce, soy sauce etc. gives you the chance to put your own twist on everything!
The skewers varied from chilli beef, to pork belly, various vegetables, octopus tentacles, tofu and fish balls, to ones for those with a slightly more acquired taste – like chicken heart, beef stomach, pork skin etc. Personally I was a huge fan of the pork maw because it was so light and chewy! Another few favourites were the money bags, the beef/enoki, prawn dumplings, and crab claw – but honestly, there is so much variety that anyone is guaranteed to find something they love.
Another Sichuan favourite, and specialty at Qipo Skewer Bar is the crispy pork – lightly fried and with a dusting of chilli spice – this is quite the perfect side dish acquainting you to the flavours of Sichuan cuisine. Likewise, the fried rice stick with black sugar dessert was also delicious! Sprinkles of peanut powder, drizzle of black sugar sauce and the sticky gelatinous texture underneath made this perfect.
The bad fat: Nothing – just pick what you like and BINGO! In terms of sauce, there are other hot pot restaurants that I’ve tried better from though…
2wofatgirls would like to thank Qipo Skewer Bar, Melbourne CBD for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.