As winter approaches, people look for flavorful soups and hearty broth to warm up the body. Hot pot is one of the most popular Asian dishes, known for its sophisticated broth and the freshness of the ingredients which are cooked and enjoyed immediately at the table. Having a hot pot is also a bonding activity between friends and family, as everyone slows down and gathers together.
Here are four popular hot pot places in the Toronto area to try with loved ones.
Ye Skewers Hot Pot
What makes Ye Skewers different from others is that diners dip their skewers into the hot broth to let it cook. It is a special way to experience this dish for Sichuan locals with its spicy, explosive broth. The numbing taste at the tip of the tongue comes from chili and signature Sichuan peppercorns. Those whose spice tolerance is low can go for the tomato and pork bone soup base. Low-carb options, vegetables, or vegan soups are also available.
Address: 3260 Midland Ave F111, Scarborough
Unit 1 – Building D, 15480 Bayview Ave, Aurora
Originally from Chongqing, the Liuyishou Hotpot is one of the most popular restaurants of its kind in the GTA, and the brand has 1,000 locations around the world. Celebrities such as Aaron Kwok, Jay Chou, and Stephon Marbury are fans. The menu offers various settings tailored to group size. Don’t miss the sliced marinated beef, Australian lamb, and handmade beef and pork meatballs. For a substantial meal, try the in-house, hand-pulled noodles. Guests can customize their dipping sauce to suit their palate. A highly recommended combination consists of sesame oil, garlic, green onion, cilantro and a little bit of chili pepper.
Address: 254 Spadina Ave, Toronto
Unit 14&15, 4188 Finch Ave. E, Toronto
GOGO Chicken Pot
GOGO Chicken Pot introduces not only Hong Kong’s cuisine to diners, but also its culture by showcasing murals of beautiful hot pots and pop-art style chickens. Bestsellers are lemongrass chicken pot and beef brisket in clear broth pot. There are also combos to try for an authentic Hong Kong-style meal. Start out with an array of appetizers and snacks such as curry fish ball and fried dumplings.
Address: Suite 2-3, 10610 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill
Chine Legendary Hot Pot & Noodles
Diners are spoiled for choice here with 10 kinds of broth, 70 ingredients, and 10 desserts. The house special is Legendary Spicy Broth with four different levels of spiciness. Some of the must-try toppings are beef tendons, New Zealand lamb, chicken and cabbage dumplings, handmade mashed shrimp and squid tentacles. Lotus root, enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, watercress and crown daisy are also vegetable options. After the main course, enjoy some crispy taro rolls and rice ball soup.
Address: 327 Spadina Ave, Toronto
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