Ho Ho Choy / Shabu Shabu
1441 E. Fletcher Avenue Suite 125, Tampa, Florida 33612
KG: Ho Ho Choy was a new experience for Food Club. I had a good meal, the service was good and had I tons of fun. However, I had no clue what I was eating, which is part of why we started the whole Food Club thing. We like to push our own culinary limits.
For days, LC had been hinting at something wild for our week’s lunch. She delivered with Ho Ho Choy. I can’t report on anything that I had, because to be honest, I have no idea what I ordered. Everything was tasty, but it wasn’t really about the food. The experience of ordering a bunch of crazy-good dim sum that I couldn’t pronounce and cooking our food in “hot pot” was endlessly enjoyable.
To top off this lunch excursion, I received the most amazing fortune. Truly, truly, truly amazing (see above). Definitely, give Ho Ho Choy a try. If you have an open mind about food, you will hopefully get as much of a thrill out of it as we did.
LC: Located in a sketchy strip mall near USF, incidentally also home to a salon called “Boom Hair” (Um..what?) I knew this place had potential to be a Food Club gem. The must-try items in my book: the pork sui mai and the steamed shrimp dumplings. The sleeper hit for our group (meaning we ordered it not knowing what it was) was the pork rice crepe. Their dim sum piece de resistance, if you will, are the steamed pork buns. As I’m typing this, I realize we somehow steered away from having any form of vegetable on our table whatsoever…but I think there may have been a of bok choy floating in the hot pot. So, we’re good. In summary, it was all dat and dim sum. (Sorry, I can NOT resist that joke.)