Old Door Post 老门框爆肚 @ Beijing

Another type of hotpot, Instant Boiled Mutton 涮(shuàn)羊肉, doesn’t sound like much. But the knowledge and technique behind it has been passed down for hundreds of years.

椰子不语 @ Shanghai

After a furry of Szechuan hotpot craze come a series of Hainan coconut hotpot craze. Let’s see how long it was last.

Really Spicy 大龍燚火鍋@ Shanghai

Sichuan hotpot was a crazy concept, so simple yet so delicious. Take a little (or a lot) of fresh ingredients and throw them into a sizzling hot pot of stock floating with peppercorn and chili oil. The Chinese fondue cooks the food and infuse it with the distinctly hot and spicy taste.

Kisoji @ Shinjuku

Kisoji is a budget chain to savour Wagyu and Shabu-shabu. They have many stores across Japan and have ventured outside. And the secret to their success was not the price, it was the service.

Gangshan Mutton Hotpot 岡山羊肉爐

It was a very strange phenomenon that you have a town in South Taiwan that specialises in Mutton Hotpot.  Gangshan is a small town in Kaohsiung and in a block around the size of Toa Payoh, you have something like 20 shops that sell cuisine that feature mutton, in particular mutton hotpot called 羊肉爐.

Him Kee Hotpot 謙記火鍋 @ Hong Kong

The hotpot scene in Hong Kong has seen many players came and went every year. Once it was swarmed with China-based chains like Little Sheep 小绵羊, Tam Fishhead 谭鱼头 and many others. They came, they were popular for a while and then they disappeared. What remained were the Hong Kong-styled hotpot restaurants – great stock,…

白木屋 Shirokiya@ AMK

Bijin Nabe, or Beauty Pot, has been quite a craze recently. Basically it is a hotpot with added collagen – gel-like substance reduced from boiling a lot of chicken feet and other part of a chicken with lots of collagen. Count thy calories, my friends!

Haidilao 海底撈 @ Somerset 313

Finally they opened another store (apart from their ever-popular Clarke Quay store). Haidilao made its name from excellent service and fresh ingredients. Which other restaurant provided drinks and snacks, manicure, game room for children with nanny, microfibre cloth for spectacles, etc for their diners? And is it any wonder they are going IPO in China?

Imahan Gyunabe @ Shinjuku

Imahan, established in 1895 as a Gyunabe (Sukiyaki) restaurant, specializes in Imahan Wagyu. Currently, Ningyocho Imahan serves Sukiyaki, Shabu Shabu, and Japanese cuisine, maintaining 12 restaurants, 10 meat shops, and 3 delicatessens, as well as a delivery service in Tokyo and its surrounding. This one is pretty close to my Japan office and offers a good…