There's no better way to embrace the cooler weather than to treat yourself and your loved ones to a luscious hot pot experience
With the temperature gradually dropping in Hong Kong these days, we all know that the cooler season has officially arrived—and who wouldn’t agree it’s the perfect time to indulge in a bubbling pot of flavourful broth with your beloved ones?
From mouth-numbingly spicy Sichuan hot pots to the ever-popular coconut chicken broths and innovative homemade soup bases, we've rounded up some of the best hot pot restaurants in town for you to stay warm and toasty in the most satisfying way this season.
1. Megan's Kitchen
A hidden gem tucked inside a modest building in Wan Chai, Megan’s Kitchen is a perfect go-to for a classic hot pot experience with modern twists.
Diners can dip their favourite ingredients in a variety of unique homemade broths such as tomato and crab soup in souffle finish, tom yum cappuccino, as well as fresh lobster borsch soup. You will be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of premium seafood, fresh vegetables and meats—such as A5 Saga wagyu sirloin and A4 Kagoshima wagyu shoulder chuck.
What’s more, Megan’s Kitchen has just revealed two creative vegetarian dumpling varieties that are made with comforting fillings of veggies and Beyond Meat and Omnipork—perfect for health-conscious hot pot lovers.
Megan's Kitchen, 5/F, Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2866 8305; meganskitchen.com
2. The Drunken Pot
Known for its chic urban décor and innovative approach to hot pot ingredients, The Drunken Pot is often described as one of the trendiest hot pot restaurants in Hong Kong. The restaurant takes pride in offering a unique array of delicacies such as homemade shrimp and crabmeat dumplings with black truffle, deep-fried tofu and seaweed rolls, which are best enjoyed with the signature Drunken Pot. It features five different soup bases in one copper pot, namely Sichuan numbing spicy, Teochew satay, shrimps, crab and clams as well as seafood soup with squid ink.
Don’t forget to check out other exquisite dishes such as sashimi seafood platter and steamed soup dumplings, and choose your drink from an extensive variety of libations for an elevated dining experience.
The Drunken Pot, 2/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2321 9038; thedrukenpot.com
3. Master Beef
Home to seven branches in Hong Kong, Master Beef has quickly become a favourite among the local foodie crowd since its launch last year thanks to its wallet-friendly hot pot offerings and excellent service.
Aside from an extensive range of high-quality meats imported straight from Taiwan, the hot pot joint also offers fresh pork and chicken with huadiao wine. Feeling peckish? Order their authentic Taiwanese snacks such as popcorn chicken and braised beef rice to complement your hot pot experience.
Master Beef, various locations across Hong Kong; masterbeef.hk
4. Sichuan Lab
Whether you’ve got a penchant for Sichuan food or simply want to challenge your taste buds with a spicy hot pot, Sichuan Lab is the ideal place to be for a quality belly-warming meal.
Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai, Sichuan Lab is home to an enticing selection of classic and modern Sichuan dishes, where guests will be able to sample Sichuan cuisine with vibrant flavours from hot and spicy to sweet and sour. For their hot pot offerings, diners can enjoy a selection of spicy broths including the signature stewed mutton Sichuan style spicy soup, mandarin fish slices with pickled vegetables, as well as beef brisket with Kampot pepper. You can order and dip your choice of fresh beef, seafood and seasonal veggies in these spicy broths. If you aren't sure you can handle the spice, they also offer fragrant chicken pots with sand ginger.
Their creative desserts are also a must-try, including the bean curd pudding with Sichuan traditional brown sugar and vanilla gelato with Sichuan green peppercorns.
Sichuan Lab, G/F, Lodgewood by L'Hotel Wan Chai Hong Kong, 28 Tai Wo Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3126 6633; lhotegroup.com
5. Dong Lai Shun
The Hong Kong branch of this award-winning Beijing restaurant has long been a favourite among locals. Not only because Dong Lai Shun is decked out with picture-perfect Chinese paper lanterns and artworks for a stylish ambience, it also has authentic Beijing and Huaiyang fare to match.
The elegant establishment is famed for its Inner Mongolian mutton hot pot—a must-try item for lamb lovers this season. It comes with fresh paper-thin slices of Inner Mongolian black-headed mutton, and guests can choose from a great variety of soup bases, including the soothing silkie chicken with coconut broth, and hot and sour soup base with Chinese chive and bamboo shoot.
As well as offering mutton meatballs with homemade Sichuan chilli sauce, Dong Lai Shun also features seasonal delicacies such as sliced eel, eggs and kale dumplings to satiate your hot pot craving.
Dong Lai Shun, Basement 2, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2733 2020; rghk.com.hk
Boasting an extensive selection of premium beef cuts and flavourful broths, 616 is the go-to-place for diners with cravings for authentic Hong Kong-style hot pot. Their list of toppings is incredibly varied, featuring everything from homemade dumplings and fresh seafood to meatballs, but it’s the well-marbled, hand-cut beef slices that keep diners coming back.
Whether it’s the basic meats from Australia and the US, or rare cuts of beef including neck meat and brisket, 616’s offerings will surely keep your soul and stomach happy.
616, various locations across Hong Kong; facebook.com/616hotpot
Known for its Instagram-worthy nostalgic décor and impressive offering of homemade local dishes, Suppa is often considered among the city’s best restaurants for a stylish hot pot experience.
Expect an elaborate menu of quality beef options and house special toppings such as squid balls with salted egg yolk and chen pi marinated fish balls, accompanied by premium seafood including scallops and clams. In terms of broths, the nourishing fish soup with tomatoes and papaya; sour pickles with pork, as well as coconut chicken soups are must-tries.
Suppa, 2/F, Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3520 4111
8. Greater China Club Annex
Known as the sister site of the highly acclaimed Cantonese restaurant, Greater China Club, you know quality food is on the cards at Annex. Helmed by the same award-winning chef Chan Wai-teng, this elegant establishment is famous for delivering hot pot experiences with modern twists, delighting diners with a variety of uniquely delicious broths and premium ingredients.
If you’re an adventurous eater, you’ll love their signature suckling pig and mud crab in tom yum broth, which offers intense flavours and is packed with rich seafood aroma. There’s also a new soup base inspired by the classic Shunde specialty drunken goose, which pairs well with fresh toppings such as homemade meatball platter, dumplings, as well as beef slices.
Greater China Club Annex, Shop A1, 10/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2743 8055