Feeling in need of some heartwarming hot pot? We promise you won't be disappointed at these spots across town
From Japanese restaurants to Mexican cantinas and French fine dining, Hong Kong is a city that has it all when it comes to the food department. Ask anyone to make a list of their favourite things about winter in Hong Kong and chances are hot pot will come high on the list. There’s something magical about this pot of bubbling broth – not only because its history can be dated back to hundreds of years ago, but because this hearty Chinese dish brings people together, stirs up conversations and encourages interaction. Here, we’re listing some of our favourite hot pot restaurants in the city.
Our favourite hot pot restaurants in Hong Kong
While hot pots are heartwarming and indulgent, the overload of spicy broths can take a toll on our health, causing breakouts, sore throat or even stomach discomfort. Enter Taiwanese Hotpot, an eatery that is famed for its wide range of health-boosting soup bases. Go for the Chinese medicine broth, their staple soup base that contains a yummy and healthy range of Chinese medicine, chicken, pork and fish. Tip: sip on the soup prior adding any ingredients in order to taste the original flavor of the broth. You can also complement the hot pot with some authentic Taiwanese snacks, such as pop-corn chicken and oyster omelettes. This is definitely one of our favourite hot pot restaurants in Hong Kong.
Taiwanese Hotpot, Shop 106-112, 1/F, Sun Hing Building, 607 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2323 3123, 旺角彌敦道607號新興大廈1樓106-112號舖
For those who yearn for an Instagram-worthy ambience that shouts character, the homely nostalgic décor at SUPPA will be your pick. Expect 70s-inspired home-cooked dishes such as salted duck egg fried rice, quality beef options, and chen pi marinated fish balls to name a few. In terms of broths, the sour pickles with pork and tomato fish soup base serves as a healthy and appetizing option. Seafood lovers will also be impressed by the seafood platter that comes with quality scallops, prawns and clams.
SUPPA, 2/F, Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 3520 4111, 銅鑼灣登龍街28號永光中心2樓
Boasting minimalist and classy design with traditional Chinese aesthetics, this restaurant is an ideal pick for groups who prioritise a comfortable setting and low noise levels. Expect authentic Chongqing-style broth offerings that blend spices from different provinces in Sichuan, one of the house’s favourites includes the green pepper fish head soup base. Balance the peppery broth with other options such as Chinese wine mixed with black chicken broth, or parsley soup mixed with preserved eggs and mushrooms. Wash it all down with a glass of ice-cold Hibiscus tea or sugar cane and imperatae drink.
Hotpot Hero, 3/F, Kyoto Plaza, 491-499 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2693 1128, 銅鑼灣駱克道491-499號京都廣場三樓
The Drunken Pot
As the name suggests, boozy hot pots take center stage at this much-talked about joint. Sip on yummy cocktails of your choice as you dip ingredients into sake-flavoured soup base – yes, spiked broths is a thing here. The sleek restaurant also serves private-label Nagahama sake and aged whiskies. Instagrammers will be overjoyed by its colorful drinks served in light-bulb shaped flasks, Spanish Iberico ham slices shaped like roses, and beautiful interior design. Both the Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui locations boast a sweeping harbour view, thanks to the ceiling-to-floor windows.
The Drunken Pot, 27/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2323 7098, 銅鑼灣登龍街18號V Point 27樓
This Hong Kong-style hot pot joint earned widespread praise for its innovative broths – think a hot pot for three different soup bases. Go for the Tomato and Crab Soup in Soufflé Finish for a thick and creamy texture with an invigorating tomato scent, while the Malaysian Satay Soup is the go-to choice for those who yearn for a rich and tantalising flavour. The traditional winter-melon soup with lotus seed, dried scallop and Chinese ham, on the other hand, is ideal for balancing and cleansing your palette following the previous heavy picks. Megan’s Kitchen is also known for its creative array of dumplings that ranges from Korean kimchi dumplings to black truffle wagyu beef dumplings and everything in between. If you’re looking for hot pot restaurants in Hong Kong, this is a must-try!
Megan’s Kitchen, 5/F, Lucky Centre,165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2866 8305, 灣仔灣仔道165至171號樂基中心5樓
San Xi Lou
San Xi Lou has made Sichuan fans’ lives a lot easier since its debut of the new branch in Times Square last November, which is much more accessible compared to its Mid-Levels location. Aside from the signature Sichuan-style spicy broth base, diners can also enjoy the spicy pumpkin broth and spicy bandit broth. Highlights include baked crab with five peppers, braised prawns with Chinese cabbage and country-style steamed chicken with ficus hirta. Complement the hot pot with the creative dim sum offerings such as minced pork dumplings with spicy pumpkin soup.
San Xi Lou, Shop 1102, 11/F, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2111 9952, 銅鑼灣勿地臣街1號時代廣場食通天11樓1102號舖
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