Brrr. Is it just us or did it just get really bloody cold, really fast?! Thank god then that the founder of Shuang Shuang, who concoct warming hot pots best well suited to these frigid temperatures, are launching a pop-up by the name of Mookrata on Shaftesbury Avenue.
The pop-up’s eponymous dish is a half hot pot, half Korean-style barbecue set up designed to be eaten by a large group, so picture communal tables with a centerpiece of a simmering hot pot, and a hefty domed grill.
You then pick your marinated meat, from pork belly to rib eye, to cook on the grill, and your veg, like choi sum and julienne cabbage, to cook in the soup. Then you load the lot with spicy Thai dipping sauces, including lime and chilli, nam chim and a house sauce, and enjoy your moment of warming, winter bliss.
You’ll be encouraged to mix and match to create your ideal dinner but there’ll also be recipe cards on hand to give you some flavour combination inspiration.
“I vividly remember eating this with my family as a child, waiting impatiently while the meat sizzles on the grill,” says Shuang Shuang founder Fah Sundravorakul. “Having spent my childhood in Thailand, I’m excited to bring a taste of home to London, and watch Londoners put their spin on it."
Where: 64 Shaftesbury Avenue (entrance via Shuang Shuang), London, W1D 6LU<
When: 4 December 2017 (for six months)