7 hotpot experiences in Hong Kong that's more than just plain broth and ingredients

7 hotpot experiences in Hong Kong that's more than just plain broth and ingredients

Whether the temperature is hot or chilly, Hongkongers crave this delicious dish all year round. From spicy to steamed, follow our guide to unique hotpot spots in town


Twelve Flavours has a dry hotpot, which fries your food in chilli oil instead of cooking it in the normal soup.

Hongkongers famously love hotpot. Whether it’s the height of summer or the middle of winter, people just can’t seem to get enough of this tasty meal that’s best shared with friends. If you’re looking for a place to hang out with your buddies or your family, we’ve got seven hotpot places for you.

Hotpot Instinct

This restaurant in North Point serves Chinese-style soup-based hotpots. If you’re looking for the perfect place to have a big family gathering, this is it because there is something to satisfy all ages and tastes. Try the home-made dumplings and dim sum that’s on the menu as well as the typically beef, fishballs, and veggies that can be ordered for this meal.

Shop 3-5, 18 Tanner Road, North Point

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Chiu Fook Steam Stone Pot

Steamed hotpot is a relatively new dining experience, but one that has quickly gained a huge following. Rather than being tossed into a soupy pot, ingredients are cooked in steam pans with straw lids (these allow the heat to escape without losing the flavour). This method is best used when cooking seafood - which you can find plenty of at this restaurant in Sai Wan Ho. Highlights include the garlic scallops and soy sauce abalone. Don’t forget to ask for congee towards the end of your meal; the congee becomes heavily flavoured by all of the cooking juice, making it the tastiest way to end your steam pot dinner.

G/F of 127, 1/F of 121-131 Shau Kei Wan Road, Sai Wan Ho

Top Grade Hot Pot

You can choose from an amazing array of soup bases at this place that definitely lives up to its name - from almond soup with pig’s lungs to Thai-style tom yum soup. Try adding crabmeat, drunken shrimp skewers, or Hokkaido scallops to your pot. If you start to feel the heat, order a platter of sashimi to cool down.

G/F, 5-11 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau

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Suppa serves up huge helpings of nostalgia with its dishes. Located in Tang Lung Street in Causeway Bay - a top foodie spot - the whole restaurant is themed around “Old Hong Kong”, so expect to see neon signs and round foldable dining tables that throwback to the 852 in the 80s. You can order also classic comfort food like preserved eggs and fried fish skin.

2/F, Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay

Twelve Flavours

If you like your food on the spicy side, then Twelve Flavours is the place to go. It serves dry hotpot, a traditional dish that’s pretty much a hotpot without the soup base. The ingredients are fried in a chilli oil made from a secret recipe. Mmm ...

G/F, Sands House, 10-14 Sands Street, KennedyTown, Western District

The Tao Heung chain is an affordable, convenient hotpot place with branches all over Hong Kong.
Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

Tao Heung
For hotpot that won’t break the bank, this chain restaurant is a good place to go. It serves cheap, fuss-free food like fishballs and sausages and, with chains across the city, it’s easy enough to find one if the hotpot urge suddenly overcomes you.

Shop 2039-2042, 2/F, MCP Central, 8 Mau Yip Road, Tseung Kwan O

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Nichigyu Shabu Shabu & Sukiyaki Restaurant

Japanese-style beef hotpot? Erm, yes please. Shabu Shabu beef hotpot is the ultimate comfort food. The sweetness of the soy sauce and tenderness of the beef makes this meal one you’ve got to try at least once - if not more. Once you’re done, head over to the frozen yogurt machine, where you can customise your dessert with a huge assortment of toppings.

Shop 197A, 1/F, East Point City, 8 Chung Wa Road, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Warm up with steamy hotpot


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