Originally Posted by changy
Cooking at the table in the form of bbq, hotpot, shabushabu etc. is common practice in Asia. If you don't like it, don't eat it. It's extremely rude to call it bullshit just because you are unfamiliar with the concept.
Hotpot allows for better control of how well done you want the food to be. Thinly sliced beef used in hot pot will cook in 5-10 seconds. If you precook the meat in the kitchen, they will be dry and flaky. Similarly, why eat fondue? Why not just melt cheese over bread?
Like Drew said, BBQ in Korea is a lot better. Just because your friend took you to a shit restaurant doesn't mean it's the same everywhere. Would you eat at Olive Garden and assume that's representative of Italian cuisine?
I don't like it, and therefore won't. I don't see the appeal of going somewhere to cook your own food when you can do it at home. Especially if you're going to a good place that's selling you decent beef, at one hell of a markup. I'd rather go to a decent restaurant that's selling me that beef cooked, if I don't want to make it myself.
I think that even if the raw ingredients were good, I wouldn't enjoy it at all. I also think the idea of Fondu is pretty stupid so I'd apply the same principle there as well.
I just don't get it, but my asian friends fucking love it. They wonder why I never tag along with them to go to these places, but it's just how I feel. When I do end up going, it's just to hang out with them but I usually eat very little as I find the food to be fairly appalling.
For korean food, I far prefer rustic stuff like jajamyun or japchae (please forgive my atrocious rendering of the korean language.) I do want to try the stews I've heard a lot about. I'd be far more interested in the home cooking than going to some place and putting shitty meat on a low powered grill, and come out of the place smelling like hell.