Slurped: A Broth to Treasure at Mister Hotpot
lies on the bustle of 8th Avenue in Brooklyn's Chinatown, where you'll find more Fujianese joints than anywhere in the city.
Hot pot—the fondue-like meal of dipping meat, vegetables, and noodles into bubbling broth at the table—is the only meal. Beware: this is not your parents' Chinese restaurant. Pop music blares from the speakers, and the tables are populated by hip young Asian kids.
Hot pot, unlike, say, soufflé, does not betray anything by its appearance alone. You cannot tell if the broth is good until you taste it.
And even then you cannot make up your mind right away. Does it taste good right when it's brought out? Does it taste good after half an hour of simmering with vegetables and meats? An hour? Hot pot is not only opaque—it also evolves.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
My favorite hotpot restaurant in NYC. Typical HK-style hotpot with many hard-to-find items outside of HK. A bit of a trek to get to from Manhattan, but well worth it. If you're going on a weekend, make sure you have a reservation because there's always queues.
1) FRIED FISH SKIN - deep fried fish skin that you flash boil just enough to get semi-soft. Amazing.
2) Fuzhou fish balls - fish balls stuffed with pork. What's not to like?
3) Fish roe fish balls - fan of xiao long bao? These balls have the same surprise-in-your-mouth effect.
It's good to go half-half on the soup (spicy/non-spicy). The pork-bone non-spicy broth is milky thick, opaque, and delicious.
One of the best hotpot places in the city! The broth is on another level. It is very flavorful. My favorite one is the pork bone creamy tomato broth. Their signature broth is too herbal-y for me.
Mister hotpot has a lot of food choices and some are quite expensive but their ingredients are always fresh and presented nicely. Some must-have faves are the beef combo (has a little bit of many beef body parts on a huge platter), homemade wontons, fish skin and fj fishballs.
The waiters are usually friendly and nice. They can get busy at nights. Do make a reservation especially for big parties.
And check-in for free melona bars!
The best way to describe Mister Hotpot is gourmet hotpot.
Food comes in little wooden logs (I recommend the cuttlefish paste), greens come in metal buckets, meat is adorned with a flower on top, etc. Everything is presented nicely. The creamy broth is amazing and you will never be able to go back to just using chicken broth! That being said, Mister Hotpot ends up being on the pricey end, especially when you're a gal (or lad) who usually eats AYCE hot pot. This restaurant is a good place to satisfy your craving and not go overboard (aka stuffing your face until you can't move).
The servers are usually very nice. They also decorate extensively for holidays which is super cute and cheery. Making this my usual hot pot place now!