I can’t remember the first time I have had Spicy Szechuan Hotpot (麻辣火锅). Was it in China? Was it in Taiwan? All I know then was that there wasn’t any restaurant here in Manila that serves spicy Szechuan hotpot. When my Chinese friends and colleagues asked me which restaurants in Makati serves the famous spicy hotpot, I didn’t know where to start looking.  It was through a friend that I discovered Happy Hotpot (东方火锅), but the first time I dined at the said restaurant was with my boyfriend.

Truth to be told, I got a little freaked out when we arrived at the place. The surrounding area of the restaurant was so dim. The street where the restaurant is located looks dangerous as well. But since we were already there, and with my boyfriend by my side acting as my bodyguard, we decided to go with the plan.

Happy Hotpot
This was a photo I’ve taken through the window. The huge red sign was how we found Happy Hotpot along the dark street.

The restaurant is located at the second floor but I heard the restaurant at the ground floor is also theirs as well, though I haven’t tried dining there. They served a different kind of hotpot on the ground floor. My boyfriend told me it is the kind of hotpot that is served in a claypot.

Happy Hotpot
When we arrived, the place was quite empty; but it soon got packed after half an hour. Good thing we arrived early.

I was impressed when they didn’t give us a menu to order; instead, they gave us an iPad where we just click on the dish that we want to order and put it in the shopping cart. It was as if we were shopping online! Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of it so I can show it to you guys.

My boyfriend didn’t like spicy food that much, which is why we ordered two soup bases. The left one is a chicken soup base while the one on the right is the spicy Szechuan soup base.
Happy Hotpot
Here were the ingrediants that we ordered. And that’s lamb and pork meat by the way. My boyfriend doesn’t eat beef. We didn’t order that much since it was just the two of us. But we did order more when we dined with our friends.

We were really satisfied with the hotpot and it was the best spicy Szechuan hotpot that I’ve tasted. It was definitely spicy but not too spicy! The soup mix was perfect. The spices weren’t too strong but the taste is still there. If you aren’t a fan of spicy food, you can ask them to add more plain soup to make it less spicy or choose little spicy in the menu list.

Also, the ingredients are really fresh~ I have tried ordering seafoods before and the shrimp are actually served to you live. It made such a mess in our table after the shrimp squirmed upon getting dipped into the hot boiling soup. Don’t wear white because spicy Szechuan’s soup stain on your clothes are a a hassle.

After our first visit, we went back a couple more times; and now we go back at least once a month. The price isn’t really affordable though. With all that we’ve ordered, we spent our Php 2000+ for this meal; but it was definitely worth it!

Happy Hotpot (东方火锅 / Dong Fang Huo Go)
Dela Rosa Corner Medina Street, Pio del Pilar, Makati City


Gryselle is one of the bloggers of MoreLikeTwins. She loves to travel with style and taste the different flavors of the world. She has often seen dining at a hole in the wall restaurants or drinking a cup of iced coffee in a modern coffee shop alone as a way of her relaxation. Cheerful and carefree are the two words that definitely best describes her. ❤


  1. HOTPOT IS THE BEST!!! It’s so fun and I love the spicy soup :D We have a ‘Happy Lamb Hotpot’ near where I live (I believe it’s a chain?) plus an all-you-can-eat one downtown hehe.

    PS – love your site design too!!

    – pj (http://www.pudjeeb.me)

  2. I like spicy food and this place looks fantastic but it’s far far away from my place. which one is favorite plate?

  3. I like spicy food! We’ve something similar here but it’s a buffet style. It’s all you can eat hot pot. The hot pot looks so good though. Makes me want to eat hot pot now.

  4. I have never tried this but spicy food is great and I love to try new and different things. How much is 2000 Php in Euro?

  5. Sounds incredibley delicious but I’d feel so guilty watching the shrimp squirm when being put into the hot liquid :\

  6. I have never tried spicy Szechuan hotpot. I personally can’t handle spicy food. However, I really like the idea that restaurants uses an iPad instead of a traditional menu.

  7. Love Spicy hotpot, This sounds like a wonderful place to try out. I have always found that the dives and wholes in the wall have some of the best authentic food. Great find in Manila!

  8. Kooks yum! Would have loved to see the iPad though, what a novel idea :’) Thanks for sharing this!

  9. I love ordering with an Ipad! I experienced this new form of eat in menu when I eat at sushi restaurants offering unlimited sushi. This way one can just continue ordering as much sushi as possible without bothering the waiter about it. I actually prefer this experience.
    Glad you enjoyed yourself :)

  10. Every time we need to eat somewhere comfy, with a polite service and good food, we aim to chinese restaurant..and ordering food on your ipad? That’s awesome!

  11. Shabu-Shabu is one of my favorite way of dining in, it gives you the essence of enjoying the effort you have done. This is a well written article that gives the positive impact on this kind of cuisine. I may as well blog my Shabu-Shabu experience soon.

  12. Happy Hotpot sounds like a nice place to dine. I am impressed by the fact that you can place your order on an ipad. The food sounds spectacular too.

  13. The last picture reminds me of when I was in Korea and had my first experience of shabu shabu. The food looks delicious, I have not tried spicy szechuan before

  14. I loved the hotpot I experienced in China. It was incredible cooking the meals at the table with the variety of meats and veggies. I couldn’t handle the hot spicy variation, but did love the milder pot.

  15. OMG that looks like such an amazing place to eat at! Literally got so hungry just by reading this post. Also iPad instead of a menu? Yes yes yes please! Love it!

  16. This sounds like a great little restaurant. I don’t eat Chinese food a lot, but I would definitely try it here.

  17. Sichuan food is my absolute favourite. I love Sichuan peppercorns, hot pots & mapo-tofu. I cannot express how much I love Sichuan food & how much I miss it right now! Glad to hear the hot pot was worth it, go back & have it again for me sometime!

  18. The fact that I’m from Makati and haven’t heard of the place is the reason I’m reading blog like yours. Thank you for the share. Menu on iPad is really nice, will try the place soon. :)

  19. This looks like an amazing restaurant giving a feeling of neighborhood vibes! I’d love to try some food out here!

  20. Sounds like a very interesting place, although somewhat daunting as it’s so dark outside. Great looking food though!

  21. GUSTO KO IYAN. When I was going to China to see my contract manufacturers, there is one located in a town that has one EXCELLENT Szechuan restaurant. I am telling you. Szechuan food needs to be eaten really spicy. It’s like torturing yourself but that is when you bring out the best of the dishes.

    2K for how many people, by the way?

  22. Hmmm this sounds yummy. The soup mix that was perfect. I love Soup and everything close to it. The name of the place is super fabulous too; happy hotpot, the perfect happy hotspot! I wish I could go here one day.

    Sabine – http://www.sofarsosabine.com

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