Hot Pot Weekend at One Pot Chinese Hotpot

by - Saturday, April 13, 2019


Adding to the increasing number of food choices around Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay is another original from the same people who brought Filipinos Jin Joo Korean Grill.



One Pot is a new Chinese Hotpot restaurant located at the ground floor of SM Shore Residences in Pasay City. It's a restaurant


THE PLACE




Since One Pot is owned by the same owner as Jin Joo and Mala Sze-Chuan, you'll notice that their interiors have similarities, which is why you can expect One Pot to have the same, Instagram-worthy interiors as its sister restaurants, apart from its pastel pink and blue colors.

Photo by @johnbunag
Another thing you can note is how cool their "pot" is. It is found in the middle of the table, like in most hotpot restaurants, but this one has a button you can use to automatically raise all of the items on the pot and drain them of the soup. This makes it much easier to get food, instead of trying to manually spoon everything out (if you actually get to find them under all that soup)! Plus, it's fun to watch!


THE SAUCE



Each person, by default, has to pay P68 for the sauce station found just beside the restaurant's doors. Meaning, you can help yourselves and create the perfect sauce you want to have with your chosen hotpot items. The ingredients in the sauce area include soy sauce, MSG, chicken powder, garlic, oyster sauce, spring onions, salt, etc. But One Pot has their own special sauce curated by their very own chef that they recommend you to try. It's a combination of MSG, chicken powder, oyster sauce, chili, fresh garlic, beef sauce, sesame oil, and spring onions. I followed this recipe and it really added flavor to my hotpot items, although I preferred it better with a touch of wansoy/ cilantro. 


THE SOUP BASE



One Pot has 3 soup bases to choose from: Szechuan Spicy Soup, Bone Broth Soup, and the Mushroom soup. You can also have a maximum of 2 soup bases per table, but one of them has to be the Szechuan Spicy Soup. 

We got to try their Szechuan spicy soup and bone broth soup (pictured above), and while they were both delicious to me, I spent my time at One Pot cooking my food in the latter  broth. Their Szechuan soup is no joke. IT REALLY IS SPICY! Even if I just dipped the beef in the spicy broth for a few seconds, it already made me finish my glass of water. 

Tip: One Pot charges P588 for their refillable soup alone. Therefore it is highly advisable that you come here as a group of at least 6 people for you to really get your money's worth, since their soup here is not cheap, but it is indeed flavorful.


THE HOTPOT ITEMS


Cheese Ball (P258) and Sea Urchin Pouch (P228)

For someone who is into cheese, I highly suggest that you try their cheese ball. I can't say that it's different from the other cheese balls I've tried in other hotpot restaurants, but it is as good and as addictive!


Beef Tripe P248


I don't eat tripe on a regular basis. In fact, I rarely eat them, but during my visit at One Pot, I discovered that it's not as bad as it looks, and that it actually goes well in a hot pot.

Shrimp Bucket P888

Corn P128 
Beef Choices


I always go for the beef whenever I'm out visiting samgyupsal or hotpot places. I'm not going to lie, at first I found the beef choices here to be quite pricey, but then as we went on with our late lunch I realized how difficult it actually was to finish a single meat platter! It's one long meat plate, that I can assure you. As for the variant I liked most, I can't remember which kind of beef exactly, but I always liked the fatty ones when it comes to hotpot. 


THE DRINK


Wong Lao Kat P70
For those amateurs (like me) who can't handle the spice of the Szechuan soup, One Pot recommends this drink as the perfect drink to wash away all the heat from your taste buds. It tastes like a blander version of wintermelon/ sago gulaman, and it was able to do the trick for me. This is probably not the drink for you if you're looking for a drink that tastes sweeter or stronger. 


Well, I guess that's everything you need to know about my experience at One Pot. It may seem a bit pricey, but like I said, it's a place more fit for groups. The experience you get is also different compared to other hotpot restaurants, especially if you're into authentic Szechuan-style hotpot. It's a visit I definitely enjoyed and will come back to with my family (since my brother is looking for a hotpot place to try in Manila). 

My Scores:
Pricing - 3/5
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Taste - 4/5

Hungry for more,



Address: G/F Shore Residences, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Operating Hours: 5pm-3am (Mon-Sat); 12nn-3am (Sun)
Contact: +63915-590-3777
Budget: from P600 per person
Parking: Pay Parking
Instagram: @onepotmanila 
Facebook: @onepotmanila 

(Date of Visit: March 17, 2019)

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