A recent addition to the dining scene at Pasay City’s The Bay Area is One Pot Hot Pot, or ren ren huo guo in Chinese (lit. The People’s Hot Pot) located at the ground floor of SM Shore Residences. As you approach the restaurant, you can easily spot the restaurant’s signature dish—One Pot Hot Pot is home to Manila’s Longest Beef Platter!
Whenever I find myself in a hot pot restaurant, the first thing I ask is—what are the ingredients that I get to cook today?—and the same is true during my visit here. Luckily, One Pot has a wide selection of ingredients to choose from: there are 8 different types of beef, 9 types of meatballs, 31 different vegetables, 8 types of noodles, 2 seafood platters, and 3 soup bases!—surely a wide enough selection for any discerning hotpot enthusiast!
The restaurant also hosts a few cute murals such as this one saying “Hi”
We received an invite to review One Hot and as a hotpot enthusiast myself, I was excited to check out the place! Upon arrival, we were seated at one of the tables with a built-in hotpot cooker and this was one of the most modern ones I’ve seen yet! At the push of a button, a tray at the bottom of the soup rises up to reveal all the ingredients that you’ve tossed in. This neat little feature addresses most of the “cross contamination” concerns that come with everyone spinning the soup around when searching for food!
At the push of a button, voila!, easy access to everything that was tossed inside!
The dishes that were served that day was pre-selected and I’m listing these down below for quick reference.
- Soup Base: Szechuan Spicy Soup* and Bone Broth Soup (Php588)
- Shrimp Bucket (Php888)
- Fatty Beef (Php480)
- Brisket (Php580)
- Striploin (Php580)
- Tenderloin (Php580)
- Sea Urchin Pouch (Php228)
- Cheese Ball (Php258)
- Beef Tripe (Php248)
- Potato Slices (Php128)
4 Different kinds of meat: Striploin, Brisket, Fatty Beef, and Tenderloin
Shrimp on a stick! While some are already half cooked, remember to still toss them in the hotpot for a good minute or two.
Sea Urchin Ball and Cheese Balls. Just a sampler from the restaurant’s extensive meatball/seafood ball selection
While we’re on the topic of dipping sauce, diners are free to customize sauces to suit their taste—but the chef does have a suggested combination to start with. If my memory serves me right, this sauce combines one spoon each of:
- Chicken Powder
- Spring Onion
- Oyster Sauce
- Chili Garlic
- Soy Sauce
Note though—it is recommended that you come to One Pot in a big group as the soup is charged per table regardless of how many people are seated. It’s a good thing then that hotpots are normally enjoyed as a group meal, and gets even more fun when shared with more people. An additional note—this IS the Bay Area so it is a given that the price you would pay here is significantly higher VS a similar restaurant in other parts of the city.
One Pot Hot Pot
Ground Floor, Shore Residences, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 5pm – 3am, Sundays: 12nn – 3am
Contact Number: 0915-590-3777