What: Thai-style hot pot
Where: +Suki Thai Shabu in Woodside, Queens
When: Sat, February 4th
Why: I’ve only visited Bangkok once and just for a few days like 10 years ago, but I recall three things: (a) how crazy spicy the food was, (b) how amazingly hospitable Thai people are (probably the most kind culture I’ve experienced), and (c) Thai hot pot. My Thai friends took me and it was a warm, social, interactive, part-DIY meal.
So, when Suki + Shabu opened two years ago in Woodside (the first in the city), all three things aligned for me again in this fusion-y tribute to thai shabu. Especially on cold winter nights, I crave it. There you get an individual pot that you can fill with a lemongrass or spicy isaan (northeastern) broth, add your choice of ingredients to cook, and then mix your own ramekins of dipping sauces at the sauce bar. It’s very vegetarian friendly, and there’s a non-hot-pot menu, too.