With the winter and Lunar New Year drawing near, hot pot is the most common choice for dinner in China. I say this because, firstly, it is a dinner choice that gives you a little bit more warmth (literally) and secondly, because you need to cook your own food, dinner time is stretched a bit longer and it keep the conversations going with your friends and/or family
Incidentally, that is one of my favourite choice for dinner too. :)
The other day, I was watching the news, there was a segment on a new service in Beijing: hot pot delivery.
Yes, you read it right. Just like pizza, the hot pot, dishes and condiments, exactly the same as the ones you would have eaten in the same restaurant are delivered to you, laid out on your own dining table for your dining pleasure. Ladles, aprons and power sockets included. When you are done, call them, they will pick up the leftovers and do the cleaning for you.
Overall, that is a great idea!
This is a win-win situation for both the restaurants and customers.
Restaurants get increment businesses beyond their capacities as they are not restricted by the number of tables available anymore.
Customers save on travel time and expenses. There are more privacy too. For those that want their beer with their hot pot, there is no need to worry about not being able to drive back.
Is this in Shanghai yet?