When the temperature drops in Hong Kong, there is one dish that Hongkongers start craving: chicken hot pot. Let us guide you through this tasty feast, one piece of chicken at a time in this ultimate Hong Kong chicken hot pot hit list.
The concept: Think of chicken hot pot as an upgrade to conventional hot pot: it starts with a dose of heavily marinated chicken stew cooked on a tabletop stove. After all the tasty bits of meat are devoured, stock or water is added to the pot for the next round. Regular hot-potting with the usual suspects like sliced beef and veggies then begins. The draw, of course, is the spicy, flavorful essence from the chicken stew base.
The Great Restaurant | 一品雞煲火鍋
Go if: You’re looking for good value as well as quality. One of the longest standing chicken hot pot establishments, TGR has a good selection of fresh seafood and hot pot ingredients, as well as extra toppings like beef brisket, abalone and oysters. Restaurant environment is comparable to Chinese dim sum houses.
Prices start from: $210 for whole chicken.
Various locations including 1/F, City Mansion, 483-499 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 2670-3337.
Supreme Restaurant | 至尊重慶雞煲
Go if: You’ve got an appetite and aren’t too fussy about service. The two-hour all-you-can-eat-and-drink deal means you won’t leave hungry. Get ready for plenty of beers and soft drinks to go with their tongue-numbing chicken pieces. Best for big groups so you can sample all the hot pot ingredients that are on the menu.
Prices start from: $128 per head, depending on time slot and days of the week.
16/F, Chong Hing Square, 593-601 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, 2148-2628.
Jook Yuen | 竹園重慶雞煲
Go if: You want the dai pai dong atmosphere, complete with beer in bowls. In the same location as the famous Tung Po, this indoor joint will have you craving for more. Be sure to order the cold tofu or the minced-fish-stuffed Chinese fritters to soak up all the spicy sauce too. Keen for some variety? Order the lamb brisket or pig innards hot pot instead.
Prices start from: $218 for whole chicken.
Shop CF3, 2/F, Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, 3486-6313.
101 Craft Hot Pot | 101手工涮涮鍋
Go if: You want a taste of Taiwanese hot pot along with all-you-can-eat hot pot sides and a whopping plate of fresh seafood too. The chefs at 101 boast about having studied cooking in Taiwan, and a lot of the hot pot sides like squid ink squid paste (墨魚滑), truffle cheese and pork dumplings, and triple cheese cuttlefish balls are handmade in house.
Prices start from: $268 per head, including free flow non-alcoholic drinks.
G/F, 9 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, 5399-5188.
Ah Nam Kitchen | 亞南雞煲
Go if: You want a place to chat and possibly a night cap after. If you’re a seafood lover, try having crab or clams with your chicken hot pot, but remember to call ahead to make sure Ah Nam has the stock. The many local-star-studded photos adorning the entrance and walls are a testament to its popularity, and the dessert shops and local bars nearby are great for an after dinner treat.
Prices start from: $308 for whole fresh chicken, $218 for frozen chicken.
G/F, 211 Fa Yuen Street, Prince Edward, 2392-6100.