Dining out with friends can foster healthy relationships that may otherwise be limited to impersonal group texts or overly personal bath-time visits. Get a bite in person with a person with today's Groupon.
$27 for a Mongolian hot-pot meal for four (a $55.99 value), which includes:
- Two choices of broth (hot 'n' spicy, house style, or vegetarian)
- Three choices of meat or seafood
- Three choices of vegetables
- Two choices of starch (rich noodles, steamed or brown rice, or mung-bean noodles)
$20 for $40 worth of seafood and Asian-fusion cuisine for dinner, such as:
- Korean-style barbecue short ribs ($9.99)
- Hawaiian garlic-butter shrimp ($10.99)
- Louisiana crawfish (market price)
The Hot Pot
Mongolian-style hot-pot dining originated centuries ago, when embattled horsemen repurposed their shields and helmets into pots for preparing meaty stews over open flames. Over time, this modality of cooking has been adopted and remixed as a communal dining event throughout Asia, and the chefs at The Hot Pot put their own spin on it with their family-oriented dinners. Servers first lay out tables banquet-style, arranging plates of raw meat, seafood, veggies, rice, and noodles around centerpiece boiling pots of homemade broth, which comes in flavors ranging from Thai-influenced hot and spicy to a chicken and vegetable house broth. Tablemates joust for morsels of flank steak, mussels, and tofu and then settle the pieces in the simmering broth until they’re tender. But the bubbling cauldron doesn't have to be the focal point of the proceedings; The Hot Pot also prepares a fresh seafood boil and Vietnamese entrees.