There are over 400,000 hotpot restaurants in China, and while you may not find a house specialty in each one, there are many versions of ‘the hotpot’. Among our favorites are the popular hot and spicy Sichuan hotpot, the tasty Chaoshan beef hotpot, a healthy Yunnan mushroom hotpot, the traditional Beijing instant-boiled sliced mutton hotpot, and the fresh Cantonese-style seafood hotpot.
For those just cutting their Chinese cuisine teeth, hotpot dining involves cooking raw meats, fish, tofu, vegetables, and noodles in broth or oil, which is placed at the centre of the table for all to share and enjoy. A hotpot meal is created around different soup bases: tomato, mushroom, clear oil spicy, chicken, and pickled Chinese cabbage, as well as various dishes and noodles that are cooked in the broth. Feeling hungry? A hotpot is sure to fill the gap.