I was not fond of hot pot when I was a kid but my tastes have changed and now I love it. Look back at my first post on this little blog and it’s none other than King One, a hot pot restaurant, too bad it’s a ways away. I recently got to try Huat Pot, which opened in P. Guevarra, Greenhills together with the KTG crew . They boast of using a Taiwanese style of hot pot which means they don’t use any MSG in the soup base.
Huat Pot is located at the 2nd floor, signage is not really visible so look for the new building that house a Rustan’s supermarket on the Ground Floor. There are parking spaces in front as well as in the very nice basement. Just hop on the elevator and once the doors open on the 2nd floor, you’ll immediately see Huat Pot.
There’s multiple seating options available, from cozy booth seating to regular four seater tables and even function rooms with large round tables perfect for family get together. Seating is quite comfortable, which is important since you’d be spending some time on those to enjoy the food as well as rest your tummies.
Huat Pot serves a buffet style hot pot priced at P688++. Everything is laid out for your to pick and choose from drinks, ingredients to sauces and dessert. Whatever is presented, you can have an unlimited amount of.
First order of business is choosing your soup, you can pick 2 from their list of 4 (Huat Pot Special, Sate, Vegetarian and Mala/Spicy). We picked Huat Pot Special and Sate, served in the fairly common yin/yang stainless steel pot. Before we discovered the curry soup at King One, Sate was our go to broth. We were informed that these 4 are just the introductory broths, they are planning on adding more in the future like laksa and our beloved curry (YEHEY!!!).
Next step, make your sauce. There are delirious combinations of ingredients you can use for your hot pot dipping sauce. I just follow my wife, Irene’s advise on what to put. Our two sauces are virtually the same except for the addition of a little sugar in mine.
Here is my sauce, sate, garlic, sugar, soy, lots of wansuy (cilantro), a couple of peppers and fresh egg to make everything creamy. The egg is not placed out in the open, instead the waitstaff will ask if you want them.
The hot pot ingredients are placed in open refrigerated displays for the veggies and balls while the meats (beef, lamb are pork) are inside a chiller placed in these plastic red/black trays. I highly recommend the lamb, way, way better than the ones from King One.
They offer a lot of different balls from meat to seafood, from the common to the unique like the Fu Zhou fish balls which contains minced meat inside and these Purple Lobster Balls. Most of their balls are imported unless they can find a similar high quality product locally.
Look at my first plate of ingredients, filled up with all kinds of balls.
Getting hungry waiting for your food to cook, you might want to get some Taiwanese style braised pork with egg placed on top of steaming white rice.
BEER, served from the tap.
So start stuffing yourself silly but be sure to leave something for dessert or you’ll regret it.
It could be the DIY Taho (beancurd) station where you can make the classic or be experimental by adding red tapioca and ginger syrup.
Right beside it is the mother lode, sitting inside a nondescript freezer are bars and bars of Magum ice cream, the flavors are changed every two days. You can have not 1, not 2, but unlimited, just make sure you finish them all since leftovers are charged and extra 50% of the buffet price.
Huat Pot Hot Pot Restaurant is fairly new so I can’t wait for them to add more soup and more ingredients like the mozzarella balls n the future. At present, it is already a great deal, what with the all inclusive drinks and did I forget to mention, unlimited MAGNUM ice cream bars in addition to the hot pot entrees.
Huat Pot Greenhills2/F Metropoint Center P. Guevarra cor. Wilson Sts. San Juan, Philippines Contact No.: (63915) 480-5500; (632) 650-3091 Operating Hours : 11am to 11pm Daily