After enjoying some hot springs in Beitou, Taipei, in Taiwan, one of the best things to enjoy also is the hot pot! For those of you who do not know what hot pot is, it is basically where you choose your side dishes (raw ingredients) to cook your self in a pot of boiling broth. This is extremely perfect for those cool days, as eating hot pot will instantly warm you right up!
My wife and I during our visit to Beitou had discovered a nice place serving hot pot. It is a place located on the upstairs level of a plaza (right above a 711 convenience store) near the Xinbeitou MRT train station. The place itself was packed with people, and I could understand why…
On the left side of the picture is the Xinbeitou MRT station. On the right side is the 711 convenience store from where the hot pot restaurant is located upstairs.
The hot pot restaurant is the one with the yellow sign board.
A closer look. The restaurant is the one with the yellow sign, on the 2nd level.
There was an abundance of choice at this hot pot restaurant. Basically you order your hot pot ingredients (meats and vegetables) as part of set menus or ala carte, and your cold dishes are all you can eat (including desserts!), and your soft drinks are free flow. Also you have a choice of your own broth in your own personalized hot pot to choose from. The best part was that the prices were quite good for all this stuff you get to eat!
My wife and I chose the two person set menu, which includes a wide array of vegetables, a few plates of sliced pork and chicken, and a huge wooden boat of seafood (oysters, fish, shrimp, scallops, you name it!). All this costed us just under 800 TW$ (Taiwan dollars)! This would equate to about 26 USD! And don’t forget this is the total for two people, which is a pretty good price! This price also included the cold dish bar, the free flow of soft drinks, and the choice of broth for your hot pot (as described above). I chose the lemon grass broth, while my wife chose the more spicier “ma la” (Chinese for spicey) broth.
Some meats on the table, along with the vegetables and my lemon grass broth.
More meats and vegetables to go along the hot pot, and my wife’s spicey broth.
The seafood boat.
Overall I was quite contented at eating at this hot pot restaurant. The price was reasonable, the food was fresh, and the place was very clean. If I ever visited Beitou again, definitely I would go back to eat there again! It was such a relaxing day where you can take a dip in the hot springs in Beitou, and then for dinner to enjoy a nice hot pot feast!
Location map of the hot pot restaurant in Beitou.
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