Winter Warmth: Have You Tried Hot Pot?
Calgary, known for its dynamic culinary scene, boasts a range of eateries that serve the traditional Asian delicacy, Hot Pot. Originating from Asia, Hot Pot is a communal dining experience where diners cook a variety of raw ingredients in a simmering pot of flavorful broth at the table. Steeped in centuries of tradition, this dish not only offers a delectable blend of flavors but also a unique way of sharing and bonding over food. With the cold Calgary winters, there’s nothing more heartwarming than dipping succulent meats and fresh vegetables into the bubbling broth of a Hot Pot. If you’ve yet to try this age-old culinary delight, now is the perfect time to delve into the rich tapestry of flavors and traditions that Hot Pot brings to the table.
1. Happy Lamb Hot Pot
At Happy Lamb, you’ll find great value in their all-you-can-eat hot pot buffet. Dive into a spread of beef, lamb, seafood, assorted vegetables, and hot pot ingredients. They also serve cooked dishes like lamb spine, pork ribs, and a variety of sides, including rice and noodle dishes. Indulge in an endless array of choices.
2. Golden Dragon Hot Pot
Golden Dragon stands out for its signature “Golden Dragon” broth, crafted from over a dozen traditional Chinese herbs. This broth is not only deliciously flavorful but also boasts health benefits.
3. One Pot
Indulge in personal-sized mini hot pots, offering a variety of flavorful broths and diverse ingredients. Aside from hot pot, there’s also a selection of Hong Kong-style dim sum available for purchase. To make your dining experience even more delightful, they offer complimentary self-serve ice cream and beverages.
4. Chine Hot Pot & Noodles
For those craving the bold flavors of Chongqing-style hot pot, this spot is a must-visit. The broth is richly aromatic and spicy, filled with a generous amount of Sichuan peppercorns and chilies. Authentic ingredients include beef tripe, beef tendons, pig’s blood, goose intestines, duck tongue, and more. Their hand-pulled noodles and cold skin noodles offer an added bite to your meal.
5. Skewer Hot Pot
A Sichuan delight, what sets Skewer Hot Pot apart is that all their ingredients come skewered on bamboo sticks, making it easy to cook in the boiling broth. Every skewer boasts fresh ingredients. They also offer complimentary snacks and beverages, ensuring your meal is not just tasty, but also joyous.
As winter wraps Calgary in its frosty embrace, the allure of these hot pot restaurants becomes even more pronounced. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the experience, the city’s hot pot offerings promise a union of warmth, flavor, and camaraderie. Dive into the rich broths, savor each ingredient, and revel in the shared joy of communal dining. In the heart of Calgary, these hot pot havens await to deliver not just a meal, but a cherished memory. Warm your soul, fill your belly, and let the tradition of hot pot become a part of your own winter story.