For centuries Asians have developed, reinvented and discovered hotpot. Shabu-shabu is popular in Japan, hotpot is known in Korea as jjigae, and jim jum in Thailand, usually based on a sweet pork broth of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Hundreds and even thousands of different variations of the Chilli-laden Mala hotpot variety from Chongqing to heavy seafood in Guangzhou are available in China alone. There is a wide range of choices for you to explore the paradise of hotpot restaurant.
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We know that the ingredients in the hotpot usually represent the culture and status of the guests. From the oldest villagers to the Chinese emperor, each one used hotpot as a feast, the first for food and the second one for tasty delicacies. It is perhaps another reason why hotpots are so popular: they cross class boundaries and they are open to all, they can satisfy every taste and allow you to add whatever ingredient that you want to try. However, given the option, all of us should enjoy on slices of Kobe beef, fresh lobster and tender geoduck bits with these following suggestions. If you are traveling in Hong Kong, don’t forget to visit some of these famous hotpot restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau.
Hong Kong – Top Hotpot restaurant
There are many destinations to get lost in Hong Kong, but here are the latest discoveries in the hotpot scene in last year for something new and extraordinary.
Hotpot and Southeastern Asian food – two Hong Kong cuisines – are combined to create a modern phenomenon in the city. It is the latest introduction to the area. Don’t forget to come here and try rendang or laab dumplings as well as laksa or tom yum soup bases.
Address: Shop G/F, King Inn Mansion, 13-15 Yik Yam St, Happy Valley
J Pot at Causeway Bay is a location that focuses on ingredients that serves Hiyama Wagyu beef in Hong Kong. Hiyama is the name of the meat supplier, it has over 100 years of history and is collaborating with the close network of local farmers to supply the finest meats. The cuisine offers special soup bases such as the soup of fish maw, Wagyu consommé, boat noodle soup in the Sichuan Thai style, and a lot more.
Address: Central Mansion, 1F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay
The impeccable presentation and the best quality ingredients established reputation in Quan Alley. The elegant hot-pot restaurant has been one of the most popular places in the city for many years now. Table decoration with food plates can easily be mistaken here, but when you sink your teeth to special dishes like almond “daisies”, “lollipop” and “nougat” – the result is mouth-watering. Victoria Harbor is one of the best views in town, which is offered in this restaurant, and the soup bases are high class.
Address: Shop OT G57, Ground Floor Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Macau – Top Hotpot restaurant
There is no shortage of hotpot restaurant in Macau, where delicious food is at its best. Here’s the newest we’ve found
Go to the Golden Court in Sands Macao to grab a deal. It has a Boston lobster hotpot set for just 398 patacas (US$50), and an Angus Beef set for 298 patacas. Prawns, grouper fillets, shrimp paste with crab roe and a wide range of fresh vegetables and mushrooms are included in the packages. Celebrate the warmth of its large dining room, furnished with earthy wood and nice red highlights.
Address: Level 3, Sands Macao, Largo de Monte Carlo, No. 203, Macau
The Parisian Macao’s Lotus Palace is the dream of a seafood lover. Try one of their luxury sets and enjoy Canada’s succulent lobster, fresh abalone and baby fish maw. Choose the best soup stock for you from the cornucopy of delights. A gentler and more elegant combination, such as fish maw with chicken soup or white and bone with sweetcorn, is typically suitable for higher quality ingredients. Also guarantee that the seafood doesn’t overcook, or it gets pretty rubbery. For instance, razor clams need only around five seconds in a boiling pot for their desired textures.
Address: Shop 3316, Level 3, The Parisian Macao, Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3, Cotai Strip, Macau
When you want to try something spicier, go to Ping and check the Sichuan Spicy Broth signature. Order the Iberico pork and Wagyu beef thinly sliced and dip them 5 to 10 seconds to enhance their flavor into the red-hot brew. Bouncy balls are a must-try of a hotpot meal, so order handcrafted pâté or shrimp balls mixed with dried scallops. Don’t hesitate even to order for the fried bean curd for a particularly explosive spice taste to mop up the soup.
Address: The Plaza, Macau