Going out for Hot Pot is one of my favorite meals. A large pot in the center of the table is divided into spicy and regular. It boils the raw beef, lamb, fish, shrimp, lotus root, sweet potatoes and vegetables. Everyone fishes out what they want with their chopsticks and dips it in sesame sauce garnished to taste with garlic, chives, cilantro (coriander) and spices.
Imagine cooked lettuce, it's delicious. At the end, homemade noodles are stretched super long in fast fancy dance moves to boom-box music in an ornate show including the noodles being flung high in the air and across the table pizza-style.
Because we were a group of 8 foreigners, two guys came to do the noodles, including the head chef. These are then dropped into the boiling pot as the final course. The mask show was done closest to us, again due to our being foreigners. Each time he bumped his face, the mask changed. We were also given trinkets as souvenirs. And they wanted to take a group photo of us.
So for 50 yuan each (less than $10) we had all we could eat and three delightful performances.