Forget True Love – Check Out These 6 Hot Pot Places to Warm Your Heart

Forget true love – it’s hot pot that warms the heart

It’s an event in itself, like dinner and a show (where you’re the show!).

Hot pot is one of those meals that represents the absolute best of Chinese cuisine. It’s varied – you get to enjoy so many different tastes and textures; it’s communal, meant to be shared with ones you love; and it’s active, you spend the afternoon or evening meal popping in meat, vegetables, mushrooms, dumplings, tofu and seafood, and fishing them out of the simmering broth. It’s an event in itself, like dinner and a show (where you’re the show!).

Though it’s delicious anytime of year, hot pot tastes especially good on chilly winter nights. Whether you’re a hot pot devotee or newly initiated to its wonders, here are six amazing restaurants to check out while the weather lasts.

Yi Hung Yuen Hotpot Cuisine

In Yi Hung Yuen, you will always find a nice decorated corner to take photos and get likes from your friends.
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Part-bar, part stylised restaurant, you can’t beat Yi Hung Yuen Hotpot Cuisine for a dose of creative flare. Though it’s designed like an ancient Chinese brothel, there’s nothing shady going on here – just delicious hot pot broths, like Typhoon shelter crab pot and preserved egg pot. The restaurant recommends ordering the Shan gu beef for your broth (and don’t forget to order a few cocktails too!).

Yi Hung Yuen Hotpot Cuisine
Shops B-C, G/F & Shop 102-4, 1/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 3101 9968

Hot Pot Wonderland

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Don’t expect to walk into Hot Pot Wonderland – reservations are recommended for this Central-spot. Here, you’ll find an impressive menu boasting six homemade soup bases, like ‘Old Mum’s Tonic Double-Stewed Soup’, ‘Superior Pickled Vegetable White Meat Soup’ and ‘Numbingly Spicy Soup with Ancestral Recipe’. Then choose from a selection of premium meats, seafood and vegetables to add. They have wagyu, Kurobuta pork, Canadian geoduck and more. Interiors here are modern with traditional touches and make a great spot to rest after work.

Hot Pot Wonderland
3/F, Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 9363 8980

Kuro Shabu

You don’t need a passport to get delicious shabu-shabu, because Kuro Shabu is right in Central. Here, they serve up some of the freshest ingredients possible, like Wagyu beef, kurobuta pork and kurodori chicken flown in daily from their farm in Japan. The soup base is made with kombu from Hokkaido and water from Hida Takayama, and is paired with the restaurant’s secret dipping sauces. There’s even a private VIP Room you can book out for special occasions!

Kuro Shabu
Shop C, G/F Centrestage, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan; +852 2832 2028
www.facebook.com/kuroshabu

Lau Haa Hot Pot

Not for the faint of heart, this massive institution is spread across two floors in Causeway Bay. They have over 20 different soup bases to try, and all the classics you’d expect. The menu boasts beef, sashimi-grade fish, homemade meatballs, dumplings and more. We love this spot for its vintage décor, which will give you a taste of old Hong Kong, even if you just moved here.

Lau Haa Hot Pot
Shop A, Block A, Lockhart House, 441 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay; +852 2214 9388

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San Xi Lou

Calling all chilli lovers – this one is for you! San Xi Lou is a Sichuan favourite in Mid-Levels, famed for their hot pot. If you crave heat, try their signature Sichuan Mala Broth soup base, which will leave you sweating and numb, but oh-so-happy. It’s hard to choose favourites here, but definitely try the minced pork balls and the fish head with chilli powder. Their non-hot pot dishes are also delicious!

San Xi Lou
7/F Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels; +852 2838 8811
www.facebook.com/sanxilou/

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Megan’s Kitchen

No list of Hong Kong hot pot restaurants is complete without Megan’s Kitchen. This Michelin-favourite has been listed in the famed guide’s Bib Gourmand for nine consecutive years. They’re known for their creative soup bases, like tomato & crab souffle or tom yum cappuccino, and elevated additions like cuttlefish balls with cherry tomato. We love that you can choose up to three soup bases for the price of one, so you can mix-and-match your perfect combo. Meat lovers have their choice of premium-grade options, while vegetarians can tuck into Beyond Meat and OmniPork offerings.

Megan’s Kitchen
5/F Lucky Centre, 165 – 171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai; +852 2866 8305
www.meganskitchen.com

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