Cold weather in Hong Kong is synonymous with hotpot, or da bin lou (打边炉), as it’s known in Cantonese. The sharing of this comfort meal with friends and family is a tradition in Hong Kong, as you get to enjoy extended social time while relishing the various flavours and bases. Unlike in Japan or Taiwan where the rich soup base is the star, in Hong Kong there is an emphasis on healthy soups flavoured with Chinese medicine or herbs and creating your dipping sauce. This often includes condiments such as soy sauce, satay sauce, sesame oil and chili oil, as well as dried herbs and spices like chopped chilis, scallions, minced garlic, and fried garlic slices.
This city has no shortage of Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese hot pot restaurants where the main components; soup base, ingredients including meats, veggies, seafood, noodles, and sauce combinations vary, so you will always have something new and interesting to try. Read on to check out our favourite hot pot stops in Hong Kong!
Shoken 初見 — Tsuen Wan
A popular Japanese lunch spot in Tsuen Wan, although there is always a line in the evenings too, Shoken offers a number of delicacies including sushi and their signature herb beef cutlet, but the hot pot is a must try. They are known for their ‘hot pot for one’, a perfect way to warm up your stomach and soul on a chilly winter day. The seafood hotpot is highly recommended and it comes with salmon, shrimp and a ton of vegetables, with the broth highlighting the flavours instead of overpowering them.
Shoken, Shop F, G/F, Wah Tat Building, 22 Hoi Pa Street, Tsuen Wan | +852 3590 4277
Grand Ding House 淥鼎記 — Kwun Tong
With the décor drawing inspiration from traditional and modern Chinese style including wooden screens and bamboo pendant lights, Grand Ding House is a perfect place for families, old and young. There are four different soup bases, although the spicy Sichuan is highly recommended. There are a number of different ingredients, with the seafood being a stand out, although add-ons such as udon, cuttlefish balls, mushrooms, cheese sausages and veggies were also hearty and filling. With great pricing and unlimited drinks, this is a great option for big groups.
Grand Ding House, 8/F, One Pacific Centre, 414 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong | +852 2755 5328 or +852 2755 5728
18樓雞煲火鍋專門店 — Tsuen Wan, Mong Kok
If you are looking for chicken hot pot and are in Tsuen Wan or Mong Kok, look no further than 18雞煲火鍋專門店, or 18th Floor Chicken Hot Pot Specialty Restaurant. They have 4 varying spice levels but do be careful because it can go quite hot! The chicken is super tender and well marinated and once you are done, just add pork broth to make it a Hong Kong-style hotpot. The other ingredients including beef are super fresh and scrumptious so make sure to leave space for that. And what meal is complete without dessert, so they offer ice cream and frozen yogurt too.
Tsuen Wan: 18/F, Emperor Plaza, 55 Chung On Street | +852 2390 5390
Mong Kok: 18/F, Chong Hing Square, 593-601 Nathan Road | +852 3113 8468
E Pot 一鍋堂 — multiple locations
With locations around Hong Kong, E Pot is one of the hot pot favourites, with their Mong Kok location always being a crowd pleaser. It is a Chinese-style all-you-can-eat hot pot place which doesn’t break the bank, so make sure to bring lots of friends and family. They are known for their choices; boasting over 16 soup bases. Our favourites include Chinese Herb, Laksa, Taiwanese Spicy. You can order an extra base for just $50 more. Their meats and seafood are fresh and delicious, with the Angus beef and clams being the spotlight stealers. Don’t forget to try their homemade teas!
Tsuen Wan: 19/F, Tai Hung Fai Centre, 55 Chung On St | +852 2408 3771
Mong Kok: 2/F, East Wing, XX Arcade, 60-104 Soy St | +852 8300 2868
Kwai Fong: Shop 601-610, 6/F, Metroplaza, 223 Hing Fong Rd | 36188219
Wulu Restaurant 醉胡爐 — Tsim Sha Tsui
If you are a fan of stir-fried beancurd rolls (heung ling, 響鈴) in your hot pot, you must try Wulu. The trick of consuming these favourites is to use your sharing chopsticks and dip it in the pot for the perfect amount of time (usually 5-8 seconds) to ensure that it grasps the flavour but still stays crispy! They also have sashimi, skewers, and a number of great soup flavours including coconut chicken, spicy Sichuan, lobster and pork base. The desserts such as crystal jelly and mango tiramisu are also worth writing home about, so don’t miss out!
Wulu Restaurant, G/F, Perfect Commercial Building, 20 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2606 2106
Lao Guo Taiwanese Hot Pot 老鍋台式火鍋 — Causeway Bay
Run by a Taiwanese chef with over 30 years’ experience, Lao Guo is a must-try spot for those looking to try hotpot from Taiwan. It has four soup bases including Signature Hot and Spicy, Appetizing Pickled Cabbage and Pork, Collagen Chicken for beauty, and Health for Sure Ginseng Chicken. If you are looking to try more than one, don’t worry – their yin yang pot offers two flavours, perfect if you are looking to experiment with your bases. With a range of ingredients such as mushrooms, leek, corn, tomatoes, glass noodles and great meats, you can’t go wrong at this spot.
Lao Guo Taiwanese Hot Pot, 2/F, Kyoto Plaza, 491-499 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay | +852 2818 6678
Running Chicken 米走雞 — multiple locations
For hot pot with a difference, you must check out Running Chicken, and you have no excuses cause they have branches across Hong Kong. Start with their signature cheese chicken hot pot, and then once you have indulged in the goodness, add broth to turn it into your own hot pot with tons of yummy ingredients. Their spicy chicken is also worth trying for those who can handle the heat. The restaurant has an insane following so be sure to make a booking or be prepared to stand in line.
Multiple locations including Mong Kok and Causeway Bay
Master Beef 牛大人 — Tsim Sha Tsui
The highest rated hot pot spot in Hong Kong is the Mong Kok location of Master Beef, a chain with multiple locations. And what makes this place so special? It’s their beef of course! With cuts such as Australian Wagyu Beef, Wagyu M5 sirloin rolls, short ribs and prime shoulder muscles, you are sure to have a full-on meat feast. This Taiwanese-inspired all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink spot has nine different soup bases. With great ambience, staff and of course food, this one is a hit with people of all ages and backgrounds and your only problem will be whether you can finish everything!
Master Beef, 2/F, Carnarvon Plaza, 20 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 3953 9350
Big Boil’s Club 滾得囍宮廷火鍋小炒 — North Point
Decorated in Royal Chinese style, this hot pot restaurant has not only great taste but is also Instagram-worthy! Big Boil’s Club is known for its handmade meatballs, and a platter comes with two pieces each of five different flavours. The must-taste ones are the beef with cheese and the cuttlefish meatballs. Their soup bases are also delicious, with spicy clam soup and chicken being some of the favourites. A bit on the pricier side, Big Boil’s Club offers a full Chinese hot pot experience!
Big Boils Club, Shop 116-125, 1/F, Marble Garden, 33 Marble Road, North Point | +852 2331 3838
Beauty in the Pot 美滋鍋 — Mong Kok
A pink-themed hot pot restaurant – that’s not something you see everday! Beauty in the Pot originated in Singapore and has now expanded to Hong Kong, bringing fun, friends and families together for a great time. They offer a dual soup base, with flavours such as emperor lobster pot, collagen beauty pot and tomato pot being both tasty and nourishing. They also have a vegetarian-friendly “longevity wild pine mushroom broth”! Beauty in the Pot also has a spot for children to play, perfect for those never-ending family meals – just don’t forget to take a photo before leaving!
Beauty in the Pot, Shop 803, 8/F, Gala Place, 56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok | +852 3162 8238
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