Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot

Even though Vancouver is rich of Asian cuisine, I find it surprising that there’s not a lot of hot pot places. One must, per usual, go to Richmond to find a decent hot pot place to dine at. When I heard of Fatty Cow Seafood opened to good reviews, I wanted to check it out.

I go to a hot pot restaurant about once a year because it’s hard to justify to go when I have all the equipment at home (the table top stove, big big pot, etc.) to hold a soup fondue party myself. I ended up going to Fatty Cow because it was a pre-going-away dinner for a friend and I was just curious. The night we went was cold and rainy so it was actually a perfect time to get some hot comfort food. The restaurant has to be the quaintest and cleanest place I’ve ever been to.

When we sat down, they immediately put a plastic wrap over our jackets which were draped over our chairs. Smart move! The handy plastic to protect our threads from splashes and smells.

The menu selection is pretty impressive for an all you can eat of $20-ish per person. There was a variety of meats, vegetables, seafood, and carbs. For the soup base, since we were a large group, we were able to get 2 pots: 1 of split simple tofu clear and fiery spicy broths, and the other just tofu clear broth. We wanted the contrast of basic and flavourable soup base. As you can tell by the colour, the spicy was hot but not too bad. The meal also included complimentary dipping sauces of sweet soya , sar char, and sesame sauces.

There were a few ‘premium’ items in which you have to pay extra money but we opted not to order those. Even without ordering the specialties, the quality of the regular items was pretty darn good and fresh.

We ordered way more food than what’s in the pictures. The burner seemed to have kept pace with our eat-athon and the wait staff came by often to check our pots and burners.

The main complaint I do have is that they only accept cash which is inconvenient especially for instances if a customer is paying for the meal and then extras.

As much I as like the feel and decor of restaurant, I rather have a messy hot pot affair in the comforts of my home.

Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot
5108 Victoria Drive
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  1. 02/05/11 at 1:33

    Looks phenommenol. i haven’t done this yet and have always wanted. can you let me know what the appropriate equipment would be so I might purchase them for my own home? would be excellent for a dinner party!

  2. 02/05/11 at 11:09

    Mmm this sounds amazing. And good for them for putting plastic over patrons’ coats. My secret fear whenever I go to restaurants is that someone will spill something on mine!

  3. 02/05/11 at 13:43

    those prawns look pretty good, but I do have to agree that I enjoy hot pot the best at home! it’s such a fun thing to do with family and friends, and I like getting my own ingredients. sounds like a good deal here though.

  4. Senses Inspired
    03/05/11 at 21:59

    the seafood was pretty good! boy was I full

  5. Senses Inspired
    03/05/11 at 22:00

    same! thought it was pretty smart of them to do the plastic cover thing…especially since most of the time you come out smelling like the food

  6. Senses Inspired
    03/05/11 at 22:01

    Planning to do a blog about how to set up a hot pot meal..will send you link once I’m done :) but definitely you can find ALL of your equipment and food at places like T&T

  7. 03/05/11 at 23:56

    Nothing beats home cooked for sure, although a restaurant means no clean-up after ;) I was quite pleased with this place as well. Definitely would recommend!

  8. Senses Inspired
    05/05/11 at 22:48

    think you’re making me rethink about doing anymore at home hotpots lol

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