I had one of the most exciting meal of the year at Hot Pot in Chinatown last week.
It wasn’t at a fancy, expensive restaurant.
But it was something totally new and that I had never done before – and when you eat out as much as I do, that’s something to celebrate!
The first outpost of a 150-something-strong Thai-based franchise, Hot Pot specialises in… well… hot pots.
The ultimate social eating dining concept, hot pot brings family and friends together around a broth-filled pot and a variety of toppings to cook in them.
Once you’ve chosen your broth from the 5 daily-made varieties and a few too many toppings from a 60-something strong list, all you have to do is sit back and relax.
All whilst nibbling on some fantastic Thai-style chicken wings and prawn toast (not pictured but absolutely delicious).
When you’re doing that, the kitchen will get everything ready, pouring, crushing, peeling, chopping and mixing the many many ingredients necessary to craft Hot Pot’s signature broths.
Before you know it, a big steel pot of fragrant broth will appear in the centre of your table, alongside the freshest selection of toppings.
Pork, beef, fish, vegetables…
Moderation was never my strong suit, so we went for quite literally all of them, and I strongly recommend you do the same!
Then it’s time for you to get cooking by adding whatever toppings you fancy into the broth.
Add things one at a time or really go to town and put a little bit of everything inthere at once, there’s really no wrong way to do hot pot.
Plus, the more things you cook in the broth, the more layers of flavour you add to your initial broth, which means the more you eat, the better it gets!
A meal that’s meant to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, hot pot is all about gathering your favourite people around a table create delicious food memories.
Definitely the hot (pot) place to be this winter!