I love love love HOTPOT! It’s one of my favorites after a long and tiring day. I just love the comfort it gives me in every single slurp of its hot hot broth. I love hotpot but I have never tried it the Szechuan way. Since the Szechuan-style of Chinese cooking is known for being spicy, I have always been afraid to try it because I am not really a spicy food type of guy. Thanks to one of my friends, I finally had the courage and hunger (haha) to try some spicy hotpot. That’s why in this edition of EATSplorations, I will be sharing with you about my very first EATSperience of Szechuan-style hotpot! My first-ever spicy hotpot EATSperience was at the newly opened One Pot Chinese Hotpot at Shore Residences in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. Keep on reading to find out more about this hot hot hot EATSperience of mine, enjoy!
One Pot Chinese Hotpot at the Shore Residences!
Located at the ground floor of the Shore Residences in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, One Pot Chinese Hotpot gives both local and foreign diners a chance to EATSperience what Szechuan hotpot is all about!
The interior of One Pot is very easy on the eyes, thanks to a great mix of light colors and huge glass panels. The place is big enough to accommodate around 60-80 diners, if my estimate is correct, hehe.
Tables are usually good for four diners. Make sure to dine here with friends because the serving of broth, balls, meats, and seafood are really good for sharing. You will see it later and know that I’m not kidding.
If you’ve never had hotpot before, just look at that wall. Meat, seafood, balls, and veggies. Got it?
Here’s what One Pot Chinese Hotpot’s menu looks like! First, pick your soup base. Our table tried out the Szechuan Spicy Soup and Bone Broth Soup (pork bones with some herbs, my favorite). All soup bases are priced at Php 588. Next, choose whatever meat, meatballs, noodles, add-ons, vegetables, and drinks. Make sure to tick items off wisely and with lots of self-control. One Pot Chinese Hotpot is NOT an all-you-can-eat restaurant.
When the plates and bowls of meat, seafood, balls, and condiments arrived, here’s what our table looked like! It was really packed with all the good stuff from One Pot’s kitchen.
Meatballs (Prices range from Php 198 to Php 258 per order)
My hotpot EATSperience at One Pot won’t be complete without meatballs!!! These are probably some of the cheaper and most filling items on the menu. If I were you and it’s your first time at One Pot, I would order a few plates of meatballs and just simply enjoy the superb soup bases that they have! My personal favorites on the meatballs department are the Cheese Ball and Crab Roe Ball. Super duper good!
Seafood Platter (Php 1888 – includes shrimps, scallops, oysters, clams, and crabs)
If you love love love seafood, then you must order One Pot’s Seafood Platter! All the good stuff, super fresh, but also quite pricey. Well, high quality seafood doesn’t come cheap, right? Is it worth it? Because of its quality, YES! Will I order it on my own? I’ll have to think about it. I’m not saying it’s not good, it is very good, but it’s over my budget.
Shrimp Bucket (Php 688)
If the humongous Seafood Platter is not your cup of tea, One Pot has another lovely seafood offering that might be more budget-friendly and that’s their super fresh Shrimp Bucket! I would definitely order this again because I love shrimps and it goes really well with both the spicy and pork bone soup base.
Tenderloin (Php 580)
16 slices of meaty goodness in one order! Another must-have when it comes to hotpot, the BEEF! It takes only a few seconds to cook it in the boiling soup base and you can already enjoy. Its not just meaty, it also makes the soup base more delicious.
High Quality Fatty Beef (Php 580)
Another hotpot must-have, High Quality Fatty Beef! Super tender and extremely flavorful slices of beef that will only make the hotpot EATSperience better. I would pick this over any kind of beef on the menu. I just wish it was unlimited!
The Dipping Sauce!!! One Pot’s Chef was gracious enough to show us how to make this one of a kind dipping sauce. Don’t worry, I will tell you how to make it. Here it goes! Your server will give you a small bowl with garlic, chili, and cilantro. Make sure to pour some sesame oil into the small bowl. Then, get some Szechuan Spicy broth and pour it into the mixture. Make sure to mix everything well. Lastly, dip your meat, seafood, or meatball and enjoy!
Cook, dip, and eat! Life’s simple here at One Pot Chinese Hotpot.
What happened to the soup base?! Don’t panic, the server just showed us how to lift a part of the hotpot. It doesn’t just show you what you’ve put in their but it also allows diners to cook using the steam from the boiling soup base. It’s my first time seeing this and I was really impressed! Makes cooking and eating a whole lot easier.
I truly enjoyed my first-ever One Pot Chinese Hotpot EATSperience! The soup base was spicy but it was super flavorful. I surprisingly loved it! However, I loved the Bone Broth Soup more. It was just extremely amazing! I couldn’t help but fill my bowl over and over again. As for the meat, seafood, and balls, I would gladly order a couple of meatballs, Bucket of Shrimps, and High Quality Fatty Beef again. Plus, maybe a cup of rice, hehe! That’s it for this piping hot edition of EATSplorations! If you want us to try something new next time, please do leave the name of the restaurant in the comments section. ‘Till next time!
One Pot Chinese Hotpot
Ground Floor, Shore Residences, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
5:30pm to 3:00am (Mon-Sun) *Temporary only*
Budget: 1500 php for two