Food is a huge part of a Taiwan vacation with plenty of travelers flying to the island to dive into the dynamic gastronomy scene. From street food to fine dining, there are endless of Taiwanese food choices for every budget and preference.
One of the island’s signature dining experiences is the comforting and very tasty hot pot.
What is hot pot?
Hot pot is a type of cuisine where diners cook a variety of ingredients—from meat to seafood to vegetables—on a delicious broth simmering in a large pot on a burner right on the table. Food items are dipped into sauces after cooking.
Believed to have originated in East Asia, the uniquely communal eating practice is especially popular in Taiwan with countless restaurants on the island specializing in this type of cuisine. It can be hard to narrow down the best, but whether it’s your first try or you’re well-versed in hot pot, these eight hot pot hotspots that are a must-try in Taiwan.
Wu Lao Guo
Wu Lao Guo is one of the most popular hot pot restaurants in Taiwan, helping popularize this type of cuisine all throughout Asia. Most diners order the best-selling Creamy Tofu Hot Pot, which features a creamy and tasty broth that goes perfectly with meat.
Early reservations are recommended, so book a Twin-Side Hot Pot Meal Set with KKday. Wu Lao Guo has branches in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.
Address (Taipei Ximending Branch): 2F, No. 55, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Taipei
12 Hotpot provides a section where each diner can get their own individual hot pot, the perfect spot to visit for travelers who need their own space and pot. With many different locations all across the state and even just within Taipei, it’s one of the most popular spots to enjoy the hot pot experience.
Address (Taipei Da’an Branch): No. 72, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City
Ding Wang Spicy Hot Pot
Lovers of spicy food can indulge in Ding Wang Spicy Hot Pot, where the broth is cooked with a bit more heat than usual. The signature broth is laced with spicy duck blood, a very flavorful concoction that makes the premium meats even tastier.
Make a reservation at Ding Wang via KKday to sample their unique set menu. Choose from a wide range of branches all across Taiwan.
Address (Taichung Jingcheng Branch): No. 12, Jingcheng Road, Taichung City
Mala Hot Pot
Another excellent choice is Mala Hot Pot, a beautiful restaurant offering a hotpot buffet with a dizzying amount of ingredient options. First-time hot pot tourists may find it quite overwhelming, but the wide selection and especially spicy soup keep diners coming back for more.
Address (Taipei Ximending Branch): 2F, No. 30, Xining South Rd., Wanhua District, Taipei City
Red 99 Individual Spicy Hot Pot
Foodies who love their spice are recommended to head to Red 99 for the Sichuan-style hot pot available in the restaurant. It’s known for rich broth cooked with Sichuan green pepper and Chinese medicine, both adding an extra kick to the meat.
Get the individual spicy hot pot set in Red 99 via KKday reservation now!
Address (Taipei Yanji Branch): No. 7, Lane 131, Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City (Memorial Hall Metro Station Exit 1)
Top One Pot
Truly among the top hot pot places in Taiwan is Top One Pot, which is consistently rated among the best by diners. In this restaurant, pristine restaurant aesthetics are combined with hot pot options that burst with flavor. Staff serve customers in costume, adding to the experience of Top One Pot.
Address: No. 88, Xinyi Road, Section 4, Da’an District, Taipei City
Xiao Xian Rou Hot Pot
At the Xiao Xian Rou Hot Pot restaurant, guests can choose from a high-end selection of tender meat, including American wagyu, Berkshire pork, and fresh seafood. After the meal, enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream and drinks, including coffee and hot chocolate. Book a set meal via KKday now!
Address: No. 613, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City
Enjoy fresh, high-quality ingredients with varying types of broth at Takao 1972, a hot pot restaurant that also serves Japanese food. The restaurant offers a mouthwatering seafood platter with lobster, scallops, and squid.
Make a reservation for a hot pot meal set for two at Takao 1972 via KKday and get a great discount!
Address (Kunming Branch): No. 46, Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei (Kaifeng Street, Kunming Street)
Leaving Taiwan? Pick up an order of Lin Bo Good Food Sichuan Spicy Hot Pot Soup Gift Pack to make your own hot pot at home.
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