If you’re looking for fresh seafood, most people would head towards seaside harbors, right? But for those of you without a car, it’s not that easy to get to a harbor… (sad) Actually, you can feast on fresh seafood even in Taipei City! Just hop on the MRT, and head on over to “In Joy Pot” located in the alleys of Taipei’s East District.
What’s most special about In Joy Pot is how they incorporate the Chinese Almanac’s 24 solar terms into their menu by providing local ingredients and seasonal seafood. They also cooperate directly with fishing boats to obtain special kinds of fish and seafood. Today, we would like to recommend their signature “Seven Color Scalloped Spiny Lobster Set Menu” to you! The set menu not only has a big seafood platter as its main, it also comes complete with meat, appetizers, rice and noodles, drinks, desserts and side dishes. You’ll definitely be full with one set and price!
Before we show you that seafood platter, let us take a look at the soul of a good hot pot--its broth! In Joy Pot uses chicken, Japanese dried scallops and seasonal vegetables to create their scallop chicken broth. Without any extra additives, the broth tastes rich and smooth. The taste is slightly adjusted according to the season. For example, in spring and summer, the broth tastes of the sweetness of Chinese cabbage and bamboo sprout, while in the winter, you’ll get the fragrance of white radishes.
Here Comes the Main Dish!
The scalloped spiny lobster meat is chewy and sweet. Everything from head to tail is edible! The other seafood complimenting the plate are oysters from Dongshi, New Zealand’s black gold abalone, clams and sashimi. Although the set is named after the lobster, you get to try a lot of different seafood in one plate! (Satisfying all seafood-lovers’ bellies♡)
Overflowing Roe and Uni Bowl, Uni Bowl
Actually, the most outrageous dish isn’t just the seafood platter, but also their add-on menu of overflowing salmon roe and sea urchin rice bowls. Salmon roe is topped with rich-tasting sea urchin--double luxuries in one bowl! Both kinds of rice bowls are overflowing with its topping, especially the salmon roe--it’s basically “exploding”--makes you really want to dig in!
After devouring that massive seafood banquet, last but not least, In Joy Pot’s special “Truffle Golden Porridge” is brought to your table. They use chilled rice, mixed with egg yolk, shrimp paste and the condensed vegetable and seafood broth in your pot. Then they add some truffle sauce, seaweed shreds and a sprinkle of green onion. The porridge tastes sweet and not too heavy. Most set menus at In Joy Pot is mid to high price, but the ingredients they use are well worth its value. If you like seafood, you should give it a try!
In Joy Pot
Tel: (02) 8773-8335
Store Hours: Monday to Friday, 17:30~00:00, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30~15:00
Add: No. 17, Alley 7, Lane 72, Guangfu South Road, Taipei City
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