I had visitors again at work.
This time it was Martin who is a Project Manager from our office in Toronto. He is here to explore the feasibility of joining our project team which is short of PMs. Although our project teams are scattered around in Atlanta, London, Singapore, New Delhi and Vancouver, we had never had a PM sitting remote from all team members. Frankly, I don’t know how one could manage a project that way despite all the communications technology and all. I had always maintained that no video or web conference facilities in the world will replace face to face meetings.
Anyway, it was two solid days of meetings and planning that the three PMs had. At least we managed to arrive at agreements in many key issues. I must say that the meetings were somewhat contentious because there are a lot of interests that each of us PMs need to protect. At the end of the grueling meetings, we decided to put work behind and go out for dinner. I was determined NOT to talk anymore about work.
I wanted to bring Martin and Gage to an Asian restaurant. Both of them are as white and despite being Canadians do not have a lot of experience eating Asian. While I played safe by bringing my boss to a French restaurant, with these colleagues I could be more adventurous and get away with it. LOL!
I brought the PMs to the Top Gun Hot Pot which is located at the top floor of Crystal Mall. It was perfect because just a short walk from the office.
One thing that I had not quite figured out is why non-Asians generally do not enjoy Asian food. I know I am generalizing here but just humor me for a moment. I do find that non-Asians are suspicious about Chinese and Korean food. However, I find that they are more receptive to Thai and Japanese food. Why is it so?
With Gage and Martin, they are the type of people who will not normally walk into a Chinese restaurant, let alone going to a Hot Pot place. So I asked them about it but did not quite get the answer I understand. They did say that it is the texture of some Asian food that puts them off.
It is their first time going to a Hot Pot restaurant so they were really intrigued with things that I had always taken for granted. For instance, they were quite amazed with the heating surface for the hot pot which could bring the hot pot to boil in seconds.
The ordering was all left to me. To be kind to them, I ordered all the “safe” food (see selection above). I stayed away from ordering things like large intestines, kidneys, liver, tendon, pig’s blood and tripe.
Oh yeah, they did ask me what I ordered but I told them to … leave the selection to me and not to ask what is being served. “Just eat and enjoy”, I told them.
Top Gun’s Hot Pot is $22 on weekdays and $23 on weekends. However, the soup base is extra at around $8. The soup base is not calculated per person but per table.
I ordered the combo soup base with one side of Szechuan Spicy Soup and the other Chicken Broth.
What I like about Top Gun’s Hot Pot is their condiments and sauces. They brought the cart over for us to select.
I love condiments and sauce this way. I did not even care what each of them are as there are a lot that I selected. Surprisingly both Gage and Martin piled it on too like me. I would have thought they would be conservation by selecting a couple of safe ones … like soya sauce and parsley! That was a good start.
The above are the food I ordered. Not too bad right? They are all safe food.
It turned out great. Both Gage and Martin enjoyed it a lot. I am surprised that they actually liked the spicy Szechuan soup. The soup was not too spicy actually, especially when all the meat goes into it. At the end of the meal, Gage told us … “you know, I could sit here the whole night eating this”.
We did quite well too because we hardly talked about work the whole time.