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4 Different Types of Hotpot and Where to Get Them in Hong Kong

4 different types of hotpot and where to get them in Hong Kong

By Time Out Hong Kong

Whenever the temperature drops and the weather gets chilly in Hong Kong, a good hotpot is the go-to-method to warm up. But unlike other local delicacies like claypot rice and snake soup, which tend to be seasonal delights, hotpot is available all year round. To keep up with demand and to keep things interesting, many restaurants have added spins to the traditional chicken broth and vegetable hotpots and now offer a range of innovative soups and flavours. From Taiwanese stinky tofu to Korean-style ‘da bin lo’, here’s a guide to the best and most unique hotpot spots in town.

Hong Kong-style: Market Hotpot
Hong Kong-style: Market Hotpot

This Mong Kok restaurant is a favourite among locals. The interior decoration is a mashup of wet market, seafood market and a meat stall. That reflects perfectly how fresh all the ingredients are as the chef personally handpicks all the seafood and meat daily. There are more than 10 soup bases to pick from but the chicken and fish maw soup, and peppered pig’s stomach and chicken soup are among the best. We suggest you start and savour a bowl of the heartwarming soup before chucking in all your ingredients.

Address: 2/F, Dundas Square, 43H Dundas Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2782 2003
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Yau Ma Tei, Exit A1
Japanese-style: Nabe Urawa
Japanese-style: Nabe Urawa

Nabe Urawa is the ‘go-to place’ for insatiable Shabu Shabu fans. Anyone feeling their skin is in need of more bounce, order up the Genki broth. A supposedly collagen-boosting concoction, the chicken and pork bones used are softly simmered for up to eight hours, then delicately strained and frozen until ready to be served. If you require more variety, there are other creative broth options including sukiyaki topped with melted cotton candy, Boston lobster, and spicy seaweed.

Address: Shop L1404-1405, 14/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2652 0008
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Causeway Bay, Exit F2
Website: www.facebook.com/NabeUrawa
Chongqing-style: Chongqing Liuyishou Hot Pot
Chongqing-style: Chongqing Liuyishou Hot Pot

New kid on the block Liuyishou is one of the top hotpot chains in Chongqing. It finally came to Hong Kong last year and it wins diners by its traditional Chinese decoration and signature Chongqing spicy hotpot soup base, which has an intense flavour and mouth-numbing feel.

Aside from the traditional spicy option, there’s a range of house specials and — less searing — options including chicken soup with coconut milk, assorted mushroom soup, and pork bone soup.

Address: G/F-1/F, Aura on Pennington, 66 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2110 8889
Website: www.facebook.com/cqlyshk
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Causeway Bay, Exit F1
Korean-style: The Joomak
Korean-style: The Joomak

Struggling to keep up with the latest K-pop trends? Then settle for K-pot instead. The Joomak is throwing its healthy, creative recipes into the battle for hotpot supremacy. Most notable is its pink-coloured carbonara soup. The broth is delicately tinged with prickly pears and a touch of creamy soymilk from Hong Kong’s very own Kung Wo Soy Bean Factory. Widely used as a healing herb in Korea, prickly pears are ideal for detoxifying, nourishing and removing accumulated heat within the body.

Address: Shop 34, LCX, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2111 0851
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit L5

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