For those unfamiliar with the concept, Hot Pot are a dish consisting of raw ingredients such as thinly sliced meat and vegetables that are cooked by diners at the table by dipping them in boiling broth. When the meat, fish, or vegetable of choice has been cooked, it is ready to be dipped into a variety of dipping sauces. Hot Pot has been around for thousands of years. Some claim it originated in Mongolia, while others claim it originated in China. Regardless of its origins, it is a very popular practice that has spread throughout Asia. The Vietnamese call it lu or cù lao, the Japanese shabu-shabu, and the Koreans cook porridge in the pot after the broth is finished. Here are some of the best places to dive into Saigon’s hot pot parties if you like to eat out.
Coca Suki Parkson Tan Son Nhat Restaurant: 5th Floor, No. 60 Truong Son, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, HCMC
Coca Suki Vincom Center Restaurant: Basement B3-28F, 45A Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC
Price: 200,000 VND – 300,000 VND
Opening time: 10am – 10pm
Coca Suki is one of the hot pot scene’s darlings in Saigon. Their success has made the industry jealous, and the company appears to be aware of this. Lines are still long, and it all comes down to their Thai Hotpots. Coca Suki’s food is distinguished by its distinct spicy flavor, as well as fresh seafood marinated in Hong Kong’s dotted spices.
668 Vinh Khanh, Ward 8, District 4. HCMC
Price: From 19,000 VND
Opening time: 17h – 23h
Hong Kong hot pot owners clearly know their stuff when it comes to tabletop cooking. One of the few good cheap hotpot restaurants in Saigon is this Hong Kong hotpot-focused restaurant. When you visit A FAT, you can order two types of hot pot for 38,000 VND each: Sai wan green hot pot or Sichuan spicy hot pot. The hotpot has a distinct pungent flavor that is balanced by nutritious ingredients such as red ginseng mushrooms and red apples.
Ashima mushroom hotpot
Ashima mushroom hot pot: 35A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, HCMC
Ashima mushroom hotpot:11 Me Linh Square, District 1, HCMC
Ashima mushroom hot pot: 11 Tu Xuong, District 3, HCMC
Price: 900,000 VND – 1,600,000 VND/set of 4 people and 50,000 VND – 850,000 VND/dish
Opening time: 10am – 10pm
What better place to warm the heart than this mushroom hotpot restaurant? The place has a reputation for being extremely hot. Since opening its doors, Ashima has spread throughout HCMC and is well known for its herbal and healing tonic broths loaded with a variety of mushrooms. More than 30 rare mushroom varieties from Japan, Korea, and Shangri-La: black beef liver mushroom, white spirit mushroom, chicken thigh mushroom, tea tree mushroom, red onion mushroom, Natural mushrooms, and more are prepared alone or in combination with delectable and nutritious seafood and meat.