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Top 10 Hot Pot Spots in Hong Kong

23 October, 2017
Eat & Drink

Top 10 Hot Pot Spots in Hong Kong

Warm up this season with a traditional Chinese comfort meal

 

As the temperature begins to drop, Hong Kongers (and expats!) will flock to their local hot pot restaurant to keep warm by a giant simmering pot of delicious broth. Simply pick from a variety of ingredients (including meats, vegetables and seafood), and cook in your choice of soup base (or four!) before retrieving them to dip into your custom-made dipping sauce! Hot pots (also known as steamboats!) have been a staple Chinese comfort food for hundreds of years, and we’ve rounded up the top 10 in Hong Kong to help you choose the perfect one for you and your friends to discover why.

Featured image sourced via courtesy of Getty, Image #1 courtesy of Megan’s Kitchen via Facebook, Image #2 courtesy of @wymanwing, Image #3 courtesy of Little Sheep Hotpot via Instagram, Image #5 courtesy of @bencarmenlo, Image #5 courtesy of San Xi Lou via Facebook, Image #6 courtesy of The Drunken Pot via Facebook, Image 7 courtesy of @queenqueen0606, Image #8 courtesy of Budaoweng via Facebook, Image #9 courtesy of Getty, Image #10 courtesy of @su.ls,

1 / 10

Megan’s Kitchen

One of the most talked-about hot pot spots in Hong Kong, Megan’s is famous for stepping outside of the box (or pot as it may be!) and experimenting with a quirky array of fusion broths. There’s room for a whooping three flavoursome soup bases (my personal favourite being the winter watermelon!), not to mention an endless supply of condiments to create your own dipping sauce. Megan’s is guaranteed to have something for everyone, making it the perfect spot to cater to both the daredevils and the fussy eaters of a large group (you know who you are)!

Megan’s Kitchen, 5/F Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2866 8305, www.meganskitchen.com

2 / 10

Da Hong Pao

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 on 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, I’d definitely recommend one of the spicier options (they pack a real punch!).

Da Hong Pao, G/F, 19-23 Ming Yuen St W, North Point, Hong Kong

 

3 / 10

Little Sheep

Hailing from Mongolia, this popular hot pot chain has an extensive menu that aims to satisfy the masses. The all-you-can-eat-and-drink (soft drinks and beer only!) package is great value for the money, and even though some of the meat dishes are a few dollars extra, the portions are generous and it still won’t cost you more than $200 per head. The lamb xiao long bao here is a super tasty side dish, and if you’re a fan of tofu, try adding some frozen pieces to your hot pot to REALLY absorb that yummy broth!

Little Sheep, 20/F, Tai Hung Fai (Tsuen Wan) Center, 55 Chung On Street, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2940 7678, www.littlesheephotpot.com

4 / 10

Shing Kee Noodles

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. Why not make a night of it by bringing your own wine (incurs a $50 corkage fee!)?

Shing Kee Noodles, Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2692 6611

5 / 10

San Xi Lou

Nestled in a Mid-Levels residential area, this Sichuan hot pot restaurant is not easy to find, but it’s worth the short trek from Admiralty and Central. Aside from a delicious selection of hot pots with the kick of mouth-numbing spice one would expect from Sichuan peppers, the a la carte menu also offers some tasty authentic cuisine including the signature spicy saliva chicken, steamed Mandarin fish and sliced beef innards (if that floats your steamboat!).

San Xi Lou, 7/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2838 8811

6 / 10

The Drunken Pot

Get your camera phones at the ready! The industrial garage-like decor of this Japanese fusion hot pot restaurant is as Insta-ready as its food (don’t forget to #SassyHongKong!). This is the perfect place to set your culinary creativity free with a four-in-one notorious hot pot complete with sake-flavoured soup base, sake bombs and a side order of rainbow-coloured xiao long bao! The Drunken Pot also gives you the option of a steam hot pot, which is heaven-sent for seafood lovers because it preserves the seafoods natural sweetness (and nutrition!).

The Drunken Pot, Shop 1, 2/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2321 9038, www.thedrunkenpot.com

7 / 10

Him Kee Hot Pot

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 offals (if you’re feeling adventurous!), 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

8 / 10

Budaoweng

With sweeping views of the Hong Kong skyline, this Cantonese hot pot joint is a perfect date night spot – plus, if you time you book early and bag yourself a window seat, you can catch the ICC light show while you dine! Serving up unique hot pot soup bases such as tortoise and spicy edible frog (yum?) 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 I hear the coral clam scallops and house specialty king prawn dumplings, in particular, are worth every penny.

Budoaweng, Shop 2301, 23/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong 2152 1166

9 / 10

Golden Valley

Situated on the first floor of The Emperor Hotel, this Michelin starred 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 Wang Tak Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2961 3330

10 / 10

Old Man Hot Pot

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 I’m 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

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