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.
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.
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.
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