In the few months of the year we get in Hong Kong where the humidity dies down and we can enjoy some cooler weather, there’s nothing more comforting than hot pot. Served to the table, simply pick from a variety of ingredients (including meats, vegetables and seafood), and cook in your choice of soup base for some classic Chinese comfort food. For those who are yet to sample the delights of hot pot, there’s no time like the present! And luckily for existing fans of this sociable form of cuisine, Hong Kong has no shortage of decent hot pot restaurants. The hard part is deciding where to go, so that’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you, and rounded up the best hot pot restaurants in Hong Kong.
This eatery has been included in the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand listings for multiple years, which is a pretty good starting point. One of the most talked-about hot pot spots in Hong Kong, Megan’s is famous for thinking outside the box (or pot as it may be!) and experimenting with a quirky array of fusion broths, including a tomato and crab soup with a soufflé finish, as well as a fresh lobster borsch. And it’s not just the broths that are unusual, you can also choose to indulge in some ostrich fillet for your hot pot along with more conventional meats, fish and vegetables.
Bonus points: Servers bring a choice of sauces to your table, so you can pick and choose which condiments you want to accompany your meal.
Megan’s Kitchen, 5/F Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2866 8305, www.meganskitchen.com
Always teaming with locals (a great indication of a tasty Hong Kong find!) this restaurant is best booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Not many of the staff speak English, and the menu can be a tad confusing, but with super fresh vegetables and high quality meats, you can’t go wrong with whatever you chose. Its traditional “golden chicken” soup base is a great place to start, but if you can handle the heat, we recommend one of the spicier options.
Da Hong Pao, G/F, Shun Fai Building, 64-66A Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Da Hong Pao, 2/F, Amber House, 777-781 Nathan Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Da Hong Pao, G/F, 19-23 Ming Yuen Street West, North Point, Hong Kong
Delicious noodle joint by day (hence the name!) and hot pot heaven by night, Shing Kee Noodles could be mistaken for an art gallery thanks to its quirky decor, featuring an eclectic mix of vintage furnishings cluttering every wall and shelf. With more than 30 soup bases to choose from (all prepared MSG free), and an equally lengthy selection of ingredients, including its famous deep-fried beef curd sheets and yuba rolls, it’s definitely worth the trip to Sha Tin to give this place a try.
Shing Kee Noodles, Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2692 6611
The Sichuan broth in this restaurant certainly packs a punch. The smell of all those simmering chillies is enough to make your eyes water before you’ve even begun dipping! Try the supreme beef, which cooks in seconds and is the perfect accompaniment to soak up all that red hot flavour. For those who don’t live in Central or Mid-Levels, San Xi Lou also has a second location in Causeway Bay.
Bonus points: Waiters are attentive and quick to top up your soup when the levels start to drop.
San Xi Lou, Shop 1102, 11/F, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
San Xi Lou, 7/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/sanxilou
As the name suggests, this spot sometimes combines booze with your soup base for added flavour. “The Drunken Pot” on the menu is a good choice for the indecisive, or if you just want to try it all – serving up five different soup bases in one copper pot. The restaurant also has a good selection of cocktails.
Bonus points: We love the trendy, colourful decor at its TST location (not to mention the views across the harbour). And don’t forget to order a portion of the rainbow-coloured xiao long bao for extra Instagram kudos.
The Drunken Pot, 27/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
The Drunken Pot, Shop 1, 2/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2321 9038, www.thedrunkenpot.com
This unassuming restaurant is the perfect go-to for your classic, no frills hot pot fix. Him Kee is known for its fresh food, and it offers a large menu that includes 13 different beef slice options, innovative dumping fillings and plenty of offal, so you’re sure to leave with a full stomach and a smile.
Him Kee Hot Pot, 1-3/F Workingfield Commercial Building, 408-412 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2838 6116
With sweeping views of the Hong Kong skyline at its TST location, this Cantonese hot pot joint is a perfect date night spot – plus, if you book early and bag yourself a window seat, you can catch the light show while you dine! Serving up unique hot pot soup bases, simply add some of its delicious imported wagyu beef slices and you’re good to go. As with most restaurants with a view, this one comes with a higher price tag, but we hear that the coral clam scallops and house specialty king prawn dumplings, in particular, are worth every dollar.
Budoaweng, Shop 2301, 23/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2152 1166
Budoaweng, Shop1101, 11/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3102 9363
Budoaweng, 2/F, Sino Cheer Plaza, 23-29 Jordan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3526 0918
Situated on the first floor of The Emperor Hotel, this restaurant is known for its fiery Sichuan soup base and huge condiments station, including “grind-your-own” sesame seeds (pestle and mortal provided!). If you’re not too full after your hot pot feast, the Chinese desserts here come highly recommended, especially the sweet soups and the mango pudding.
Golden Valley, 1/F, The Emperor Hotel, 373 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2961 3330
This chain now has more than 150 outlets across China, but so far, just the one in Hong Kong. Its arrival to the 852 was hotly anticipated because the restaurant is just as well known for the extras it offers, as it is for its food. There is usually a queue, but free snacks and board games are offered while you wait. Once seated, you can order off an iPad, with friendly waiting staff on hand to help. Complimentary hair ties are offered to the ladies, so there’s no chance of accidentally dunking your mane in the boiling broth.
Bonus points: You can save yourself an appointment at your local nail bar, as this restaurant also offers complimentary manicures to its customers.
Haidilao, 2/F and 3/F Kowloon Building, 555 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, 3996 7799, www.facebook.com/HaidilaoHK
As you can probably tell by the name there’s no metaphorical bells or whistles in sight at this old school hot pot restaurant. The tomato crab soup base is a firm favourite here and we’re told that the beef cubes are so popular they often sell out within the first couple of hours of opening.
Old Man Hot Pot, 25-31 Cooke Street, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, 9089 7732
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Keely Dee and published on 23 October, 2017 and was updated on 8 February, 2019.