I had food tasting at Charcoal Thai@Nex. The restaurant has a good ambience. The seating is usually long which can take 4 to share a pot. The waiting time is about 5 minutes.
The first dish is the Thai Mookata BBQ Steambook Set ($39.95). As new customers, we asked what are the differences using the golden pot and silver pot. The waitress advised that the golden method is cooked by electric method while the silver pot is the charcoal method. Using charcoal method will give the food a better taste.
In order to prepare for the BBQ, mwe melted the fat on top of the cover. This serves as a layer of oil and will not get the meat from being burned. We placed all the meat to be cooked. Other items like prawns, vegetables, sauage, ham, fishball and stong etc are placed into the soap base with a choice of either tom yum or chicken soup. Both soap bases are tasty. I did not feel thirty after my meal. The BBQ meat is tender.
We moved on to the second item ie thai Beauty Collagen Hotpot ($57.95). The waitress put the solidified white jelly ie collagen into the pot and it will slowly melt. We were told that collagen is made of several chicken which boiled for several hours and then freeze the soap. It does not take very long to melt the collagen to be the soap base. While were waiting, it was a good form of bonding relationship. As the collagen melted, we poured all the ingredients like pork, chicken, vegetables, cherry tomatoes and get them cooked.
My feedback of this dish is that there is real taste beside salty. In order to enhance the taste, perhaps ginseng and add wolfberry to bring up the colour of the dish. The texture of collagen is thick and stick if the soap is left to cool.
As the theme of the dish is collagen, chef could consider food like fried pig skin, salmon fish skin, sea cucumber, chicken feet, fish belly. These are rich in collagen.
I am disappointed with this dish.
The third dish is thai chicken Hotpot set ($19.95). The Chef sahred with us little trade secret of preparing the sauce. It lies in the fermentation process of the soya beans to cook this dish. The taste is not salty but there is lack of unique aroma of the sauce. If a little spice such as sesame oil or dry chilli, onion and garlic to fried the hotpot first and then add the sauce to cook before serving will make a great difference. The taste is moderatelly spicy.
This dish is suitable to serve as a main dish and to be eaten with rice.
I had Lemon Grass Drink to go with the dishes. I order the Lemon Grass Drink ($3.95). It was served lukewarm. The taste and aroma were perfect. I enjoy the drink.
The Waitress Working Station
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Dec 18, 2015
Spending per head: Approximately $25
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