Article By XIANEASE
When it comes to hot pot, there’s much ado about the trademark bubbling cauldrons of hot fire from Sichuan Province, but those spicy maniacs aren’t the only name in the hot pot game. Beijing-style hot pot is most famous for its pointy pots that resemble a witch’s hat, but their savory, Mongolian-inspired deliciousness has to be tasted to be believed. If you’re looking to shake up your hot pot experience, try one of these five restaurants.
DA DAO SHUAN ROU
Da Dao Shuan Rou is a good place to try Beijing hot pot for the first time because it’s easy on the wallet—your soup will only cost you 18 RMB and the accoutrements of meat hover in the 30-40 RMB range per serving. Don’t confuse inexpensive for cheap, however, as your food is certain to be fresh and delicious.
Address: Southwest Corner,Building 3, Gaoxin Da Du Hui,Keji Road.
Phone: (029) 8411 8798
SI YI HOT POT
Si Yi is in a great location just west of Defuxiang Bar Street, and it has tasty food to boot. If you’re not all-in on a strictly Beijing-style pot, Si Yi bridges the gap between this style and Sichuan-style deftly, better enabling you to please all the different palates in your party. You could also go for broke with an original creation of theirs, the Beer Hot Pot.
Address: No.50, Xiang Zi Miao Jie.
Phone: (029) 8736 1065
DONG LAI SHUN
A tried-and-true option, Dong Lai Shun has been open for ten years and is known for its high-quality food and dining experience. The restaurant is flush with private rooms and fresh food, so if you don’t mind paying a bit of a premium then this upscale take on Beijing hot pot should be perfect for you.
Address: South of Wang Ting International, No.80, Gaoxin Road.
Phone: (029) 8848 9008
BU ER JING HOT POT
Bu Er Jing is located near the Jianguo Lu Night Market, a frequent stop for foodies because of all the great food available in the area. You can expect many and various fresh ingredients, and if anyone in your group is truly averse to hot pot, you can placate them with some traditional Beijing dishes—no pot necessary.
Address: 100m north, Jian Guo Gate, Jian Guo Road.
Phone: (029) 8962 2077
BING ZHU YANG
Finally this month, if you want to try something that’s closer to Beijing hot pot’s roots, Bing Zhu Yang leans more to the Mongolian style of hot pot. They fill their pots with lamb and ice water before cooking, because it brings the flavor and tenderness out of the ingredients. A novel experience, sure, but one with tasty results.
Address: 3F, She Jian shang De Nan Men, No.113, Chang An North Road.
Phone: 177 9288 7381
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