There’s nothing like a pot of hot, steaming broth with your favourite mix of meat and vegetables on a rainy night — or whenever. In fact, the best part about having a hot pot meal is not how good the broth is (well, that’s important too) but how this one dish can bring your family and friends even closer.
Hot pot is not just a meal where you eat freshly cooked food and leave immediately. It is a communal way of dining and bonding over a good time, and dates back to ancient China, when generals and their armies had to eat their food in the battlefield.
The entire eating process is much more interactive compared to, say a five-course fine dining meal. Have a seat and select your favourite broth, but the fun begins when everyone starts ordering and adding ingredients into the pot. While waiting for the food to cook, this is the best time to create conversation.
While every culture has their own unique versions of hot pots, Malaysia is no different. Hot pots are extremely beloved here, especially if it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet. Here’s a list of our favourite hot pot restaurants in KL, which promise to only serve the freshest meats and vegetables, with broths that are boiled using high quality ingredients.
Coco Steamboat is a familiar sight to those living on Old Klang Road, as it’s always packed at night. The meat and vegetables served there are fresh, but the one thing that keeps customers coming back is the pork bone broth. It’s savoury and milky with the perfect level of spiciness from the pepper.
Coco Steamboat is located at Cheras Taynton HQ, Cheras Batu 11, and Old Klang Road
Sticking true to its origins, this hot pot joint has a wide variety of Hong Kong-style broths. Its Sakura pork bone soup is one of the more popular ones, but the eatery also serves fresh tomato soup and Szechuan spicy soup. Its imported HK bean curd roll that is crispy on the outside and filled with fresh tender fish meat inside, is also a must-try here. The restaurant’s interior is also heavily influenced by Chinese eateries in Hong Kong, with wooden furniture, traditional Chinese signage, and liquor bottles on display throughout the restaurant.
Hong Kong Hotpot, Level 2, Telawi Square, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6012 320 6071
Diners can enjoy creative combinations of over 40 types of ingredients and six different soups such as sukiyaki soup, tonkatsu soup, tom yam soup, and herbal soup. These are complemented by nine tantalising signature sauces made with Taiwan-imported ingredients. The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with table service. With its opulent interior decked out in red and gold, it’s truly a stylish spot for diners to feast like royalty.
Chun Ciou Hot Pot, 306, Batu, 3, Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur,+6018 375 6368
Yezi Steamboat offers good broths, an extensive selection of ingredients, and one of the best locations compared to the other hot pot restaurants. It’s located on the rooftop of First Avenue, so while you dig into your bowl, you’ll get to enjoy the view of Selangor. This eatery is also one of the first in the country to use a coconut-based broth inspired by that of a famous Chinese steamboat restaurant in Shenzhen.
Yezi Steamboat, First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +603 8605 3388
Suding Xiang Hot Pot brings authentic flavours from Chongqing, China, to Kuala Lumpur. The spicy mala soup is its must-try broth here but if you can’t take the heat, there are also non-spicy alternatives like pork bone broth and duck broth here. Savour these with tasty ingredients such as squid balls and duck gizzards.
Suding Xiang Hot Pot, VR3-1-1, Lingkaran SV, Sunway Velocity, 55300 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2715 2411