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Hot pot how-to: 10 simple steps to have the most epic dinner party

When I was at UC Santa Barbara, I hosted a lot of hot pot dinner parties. My college apartment grew fragrant for the stragglers, the ones who couldn’t go home and the international students who stayed behind during the pandemic. One of our favorite dinner parties involved sitting around a hot pot induction stove with colorful plates of vegetables, thinly sliced meats and herbs. 

Hot pot has numerous names. In Japan, it is shabu-shabu. In Vietnam, cù lao. I learned it as huoguo: fire pot. Hot pot is a communal meal, and each step encourages you to enjoy the presence of the people you are dining with. 

Chinese diner trapped in restaurant for days due to sudden COVID lockdown: ‘I can’t eat hot pot anymore’

  • A woman and around 40 other customers were provided with free-flowing food for three days after a COVID-19 lockdown forced them into isolation inside a hot pot restaurant in China.
  • Wang, the customer who documented the incident, shared that the restaurant owner’s kindness turned an otherwise scary incident into a pleasant experience for everyone.
  • "Although this is an unexpected situation that no one wants, the experience this time is quite comfortable and enjoyable," she was quoted as saying. "I really can't eat hot pot anymore."

Customers of a hot pot restaurant in China were treated to free meals for three days after they were forced to stay in the establishment due to a COVID-19 lockdown.

A viral video on Weibo shows the experience of a woman named Wang who met her four friends for a late hot pot dinner at a restaurant in the city of Zhengzhou on March 18.

Overheard conversation between a girl and her father leads to her shabu shabu birthday wish coming true

  • A hot pot restaurant in Thailand hosted an impromptu celebration for a young girl and her father after a server overheard them saying they didn’t have enough money for a two-person meal for her birthday.
  • The restaurant’s owner, Panumas Sroitong, arranged for a mini-celebration at the pair’s table that included a free meal and a cake.
  • On Facebook, Sroitong shared the touching encounter, along with screenshots taken from the shop’s CCTV.

A conversation between a father and his young daughter overheard by a server prompted a Japanese restaurant in Thailand to treat the pair to a special birthday meal. 

Panumas Sroitong, the owner of a hot pot restaurant in the coastal city of Rayong, shared the touching encounter on March 19 in a now-viral Facebook post.

Chinese hotpot chain Haidilao accused of keeping files on customers’ dining habits, physical appearance

  • Chinese hotpot chain Haidilao has come under fire after a woman claimed that its restaurants keeps files on customers’ physical appearances and spending habits.
  • The woman posted photos on local social media platform Xiaohongshu that allegedly show the restaurant’s labeling system based on physical traits and order styles.
  • The woman claims that the manager of a Haidilao restaurant has in response to her post offered compensation with a gift and an apology.
  • While some users feel that the records are an invasion of privacy, others believe that it is harmless as long as the information is not public.

Chinese hotpot chain Haidilao has been swept up in online controversy after a woman claimed that its restaurants keeps detailed files on customers’ restaurant habits and physical appearances.

According to South China Morning Post, a Shanghai woman by the profile name “Naliyouzhimiao” uploaded a post on local social media and e-commerce platform Xiaohongshu stating that Haidilao has been secretly keeping records of customers’ information such as their physical appearances and observed behaviors. 

TikTok of diners sneaking in their own ramen to hot pot restaurant to save money goes viral

TikTok Hot Pot Customers Bring Own Ramen
  • A TikTok video of diners bringing their own ramen noodles to a hot pot restaurant went viral last week.
  • Some viewers suggested they should have stayed home instead of eating out, while others agreed with their decision to save money by bringing additional supplies from home.

A video featuring a group of diners secretly tossing in their own ramen noodles into their hot pot at a restaurant to “save money” went viral on TikTok. 

The original TikTok poster, who goes by the handle @iqzhprius, shared the video on Jan. 7 with the caption, “Saving money.” The viral TikTok has received nearly 8 million views and more than 511,000 likes, as of this writing. 

He Was a Factory Welder Before Building the Multi-Billion-Dollar Haidilao Hot Pot Business


In an age where billionaires represent the pinnacle of financial success, one entrepreneur stands out for banking on a product unique to Asian culture — and now enjoyed by customers in about 600 locations worldwide.

With a current net worth of $12.2 billion, Zhang Yong, 49, has become the richest man in Singapore, all thanks to his hot pot empire Haidilao.