What is a Mala hotpot you may ask. It is a deathly delicious combination of bubbling stock, oil fried with Szechuan Peppercorns, dried chilies, garlic, Chinese bean paste, dried jujubes, and a mix of other herbs and spices. Each restaurant blends their own special recipe or they just use a ready mix. This is my favorite style of hotpot, usually you would get a half and half which you can numb and burn yourself on the spicy mala side and cool down with the normal stock. I believe that in the olden days this was used to help mask not so appetizing smells from using the cheaper cuts of meat.
This restaurant is a gem hidden in on of the off sois located in Silom called Boon restaurant. We ordered just enough for two and it was a great way to cure a hangover…. Amazingly the fishballs had a soft chewy texture, not too fishy and went well with this spicy oil.
Taro is usually flash fried to help keep it’s shape in the bubbling broth. Personally i like to mash the taro in my soup. It gives it a creamy texture to the soup. A creamy spicy, hot and numbing mouthful of soup.
It may look gross but it’s got a chewy, porky flavor that is either a favorite or you can’t stand the look of it at all.
Hard to understand why this battered squid works so well. Its lightly crispy, spicy when chewed with the Chilies, extremely garlicky and just so soft and perfectly chewy. No calamari can beat this dish.
This restaurant doesn’t rank high is nice atmosphere, clean bathrooms and smiling service. It’s a no frills, inexpensive family styled restaurant – the menu has pictures!!!!! Drop by for a good time.
Boon Pochana, 152/8-9, Silom Rd.,
Bangkok, 10500 Thailand