If you’ve spent even a modicum of time on the internet, you’ve likely seen the buzz about Hot Pots. And this is for good reason: hot pots are simply delicious.
Unsure of what a Hot Pot is? Well, no worries; we’re happy to explain it to you. A Hot Pot is a Chinese cooking method where you prepare food with a simmering pot of soup stock at a dining table that contains a variety of East Asian food stuffs and ingredients. The pot is left simmering, and ingredients are placed in the pot and cooked at the table. It’s essentially like Chinese fondue, and it’s super delicious.
So, if your interest has been piqued by this or you’re a long-time fan who wants to check out some new options, keep reading! You’ll see some good stuff.
The first few spots we have for you are located in Chicago, a city known for their delicious cuisine. When you’re craving a Hot Pot in Chicago, a great spot to order from is MCCB. MCCB has a ton of delicious Chinese options, but you really should try the Hot Pot from this place. It’s a Signature Chengdu Style Hot Pot. The soup stock consists of ginger, greens, garlic cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, chilis, and chicken stock. It also, of course, comes with your choice of delicious items that you can dip into this fantastic Chinese delicacy! It’s spicy, and is a ton of food.
The next Hot Pot spot you should check out in the Windy City is Lao Sze Chuan. Lao Sze Chuan has multiple delicious Hot Pot options from which you can choose. The first of these options is the Extremely Spicy House Special Duck. It’s a beer sauce in a Hot Pot that has bone in it. It’s super flavorful and has a great amount of kick.
Another great choice from Lao Sze Chuan is the Extremely Spicy House Rabbit Special in a Hot Pot. The rabbit complements this spicy Hot Pot very well, and the flavor will make your mouth water between each bite.
If you’re on the West Coast and want to enjoy some Hot Pot goodness, we’ve got a few fantastic options for you. A great restaurant in Los Angeles from which you can order some exceptional Hot Pots is Yangji Gamjatang.
Yangji Gamjatang is an authentic Chinese restaurant that serves up many delicious Chinese classics, but we’re here to talk about the Hot Pots. However, if you crave something else Chinese, this place is the restaurant that you should order from.
When it comes to Hot Pots, though, you have to get the Budae Jjigae Geongo. It’s got spam, tofu, sausage, ramen, kimchi, green scallion, mushroom. The Budae is a great dish because it not only explodes with piquant flavor, but it also is packed with eclectic meats that allow everyone to have what they want.
Another great Hot Pot from Yangji is the Gamjatang Geongol. Pork neck bone, potato, napa cabbage, chives, perilla leaves, green scallion, dipping sauce. It’s delicious, and is truly like nothing you’ve ever tried before.
As you can see, there are plenty of spots that serve Hot Pots, and these places have many Hot Pot options to choose from. So, whether you’re a Hot Pot veteran or just trying them for the first time, you’ve got a ton of choices when you want to have this tasty dish for lunch or dinner!
Written By: Maxine Kasznia
Author bio: Maxine is a Chicago Native and UCLA grad. She has a passion for sustainable eating and loves to find the best environmentally friendly spots in every city she visits. After living in both Chicago and LA, she has an appreciation for local cuisines and continues to look for ways to expand her palate.