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By Michelle Chan | December 19th, 2022

Let’s play a game of word association. We’ll start first: cold, freezing cold. With Hong Kong’s temperatures fast approaching single digits, the only thing we’ll voluntarily leave our bedroom for will be a nice, hot meal — more precisely, a boiling hot pot. Today, let’s look at 8 hot pot restaurants to visit this chilly month or two, and don’t forget to call up your family and friends!

Rare cuts: 616 Hotpot

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The thing with beef is, there are just so many cuts we don’t know we can eat. The solution? 616 Hotpot. Drop by any one of this hotpot restaurant’s many branches around the city to find out pro-tips on what parts to order and their respective cook times. And who says you can only have hot pot at night? Don’t miss out on their affordable mini pot lunch sets.

Various locations including Shop A, G/F, Samtoh Building, 384-386 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 9034 9794

All about lamb: Happy Lamb Hotpot

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One of the most polarizing ingredients out there, lamb has a unique scent that is irresistible to some but not as attractive to others. If you and your company fall into the former category, Happy Lamb Hotpot is the place to go. Originating from the foreign fields of Inner Mongolia-Baotou, this specialty hot pot place spotlights a wide selection of lamb alongside authentic Mongolian broths, seafood and more.

Various locations including 4/F, Causeway Bay Plaza 1, 489 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, 2345 6281

Get the party started: Lets Pot

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Can’t drink without a belly full of warm food? Lets Pot’s got you covered. As a matter of fact, you can have your entire night out within the restaurant’s premises. From live DJ performances to extensive beverage options, Lets Pot is like any other regular night club but with hot pots (which is just double the fun if you ask us). Be sure to check out the signature cocktail, Dates and White Gourd Martini, served in traditional gaiwan.

1/F, David House, 37-39 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, 3188 1176

Going vegan: Megan’s Kitchen

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Despite being a dish that’s so heavily associated with piles of red meat, hot pot is meant to be enjoyed by everyone. Cue Megan’s Kitchen, a Wan Chai-based restaurant known for its innovative hot pot broths such as the newest Drunken Crispy Coconut Chicken Soup, also available in a vegetarian-friendly version. Here you can also find handmade OmniPork meatballs and dumplings, each nutritious and satisfying.

5/F Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, 2866 8305

Two in one: Rice Sweet Hotpot

Rice Sweet Hotpot combines our love for hot pot and congee, the local favorite comfort food, to present its uniquely filling congee pots. Pick from a roster of seasonal seafood and vegetables, then pour the rice in — voilà, say hello to possibly the most flavorful congee you’ve ever had.

Various locations including Shop 1, G/F, Gain Yu Building, 96-110 Wharf Road, North Point, 2886 2449

Addictively Spicy: Taiwanese Hot Pot

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For those with a preference for stronger flavor profiles and who aren’t afraid to shed some sweat and tears by the dining table, mala (or numbing spiciness) is a huge deal. Luckily, we have Taiwanese Hot Pot to turn the hotness up a notch: infused with the essences of fresh ingredients, each broth on offer is not only delectable but also beneficial for your health. Make sure to try the signature Chinese leek dumplings, handmade in-house everyday.

Various locations including 2/F, Kyoto Plaza, 491-499 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, 2818 6678

Imperial experience: Tasty Hotpot Palace

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If you reckon you have the palate of a royalty, head to Tasty Hotpot Palace for a majestic hot pot feast. With a brand identity inspired by Qing Dynasty princesses, this Tsim Sha Tsui-based restaurant sports extravagant décor, free-to-borrow period costumes and a variety of skin-nourishing broths. Of course, it can’t be called a lavish dinner without a table filled with seafood, red meat platters and vegetable baskets.

1/F, Golden Glory Mansion, 16 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2338 1515

Camera eats first: Victorian Era

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No one leaves a hot pot dinner with an empty stomach, and that includes your smartphone’s camera roll. Drawing inspiration from the 1950s, Victorian Era allows you to relive Hong Kong’s golden days with an exquisite interior that earned it the title of ‘the most beautiful hot pot restaurant’ among patrons. However, don’t let the sumptuous décor and impeccable plating distract you from the fact that the dishes are equally as alluring.

Various locations including 21/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, 2886 7302

Featured image courtesy of Victorian Era.

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