The skies are getting gray and the temperature keeps dropping. It’s about that time that we dive into eating the best comfort foods we can think of. When I sit there and wonder what I want to eat in the fall season, I think of warm fulfilling soups. I’ve seen so many of my friends post pictures of a Chinese dish called Hot Pot.
I had never tried it until one night I thought I’d be a little more adventurous and try something new instead of the usual Pho from down the street. I looked for the closest one to me which happened to be “Happy Cow”* and is conveniently located in Tukwila a few blocks from Westfield Southcenter. A friend and I thought it would be a great thing to try so we went together.
Upon walking in, this neat little restaurant offers a comfortable warm feeling. The booths and tables were a great design and each seating arrangement has a stove strategically placed in the middle of the table. The waitress was extremely helpful and informative on how everything works because it was our first time. The menu was huge and had a variety of different things to choose from. There’s the hot pot menu, drinks menu (bar inside) and a regular menu for people who wanted something quick to eat.
The whole process starts with whichever soup base you were in the mood for. I chose (as seen in the pictures) house special chicken broth and Thai Tom Yum Kong. The house special chicken broth is pretty self-explanatory. It tasted like a base chicken soup and the Thai Tom Yum Kong has a spicy and sweet delicious flavor to it. The combination of eating both broths made my taste buds go crazy!
Aside from the broth, you have a whole variety of meat, seafood, vegetables, rice and noodles and miscellaneous foods like tofu and quail eggs to choose from. It was my first time so I chose almost everything just to see how it would all taste. After cooking my own beef meatballs, shrimp, mussels, tofu and various other meats, I couldn’t have been happier with how tasteful and delicious my whole meal was. I was cooking my own meal how I wanted it and making my own flavors so it was definitely a fun eating experience!
If you are looking for a fun and fulfilling lunch or dinner, I definitely recommend trying this place out. They have a nice and welcoming staff and their food tastes amazing! For additional information, you can go to http://www.happycowhotpot.com/.
Daily: 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM
Phone number: (206) 575-6628