11 Best Hot Pot In Vancouver & What To Order (2023)

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Looking for the best hot pot in Vancouver? Well, you’re in the right place!

Hot pots are a Chinese dining culture that is both popular and beloved all across the globe.

Also known as soup-food or steamboat, this is one kind of cuisine that doesn’t just date back centuries, but also warms the heart with its pure home-like comfort.

Amidst Vancouver’s glittering crown of eateries, Hot Pot spots sparkle like gems.

Check out these amazing Hot Pot restaurants for your next comfort food experience.

1. The Dolar Shop

For a delicious boujie hot pot meal, The Dolar Shop in Richmond & Burnaby is the perfect spot.

They are a global brand showcasing the Macau hot pot culture, that serves up the freshest ingredients, touted for their impeccable service, and definitely knows how to give guests a good time.

One thing that we love about Dolar Shop is that you get your individual hot pot.

This means you get to choose the soup base you want and not have to compromise with your family or friends if they can’t handle the spice!

Try their Wagyu Cubes, the Flounder fillet, or the Special Agent (Squid) Balls. Our soup of choice is the Exquisite Silver Soup, which just hits that sweet spot between being herbal and heartwarming.

Tip: Don’t forget to ask for their soft-serve ice cream at the end of your meal! It is absolutely delicious.

What to order: Wagyu Cubes, Flounder fillet, Special Agent (Squid) Balls, Exquisite Silver Soup, soft-serve ice cream

-5300 Number 3 Road Unit 720, Richmond, BC
-6078 Silver Dr. Burnaby, BC 

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2. Hai di Lao

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Renowned for their outstanding customer service, signature noodle dance, and care in food preparation and presentation, Hai di Lao is truly a dining experience everyone should go through. 

Get your noodles made fresh from dough and right before your eyes, by their talented staff. Sit back and enjoy the show.

It’s totally worth it. Some great dishes are their Speciality Lamb, the Boneless basa fish, Mussels, and Pork bone soup base.

Prepare to feast!

What to order: Speciality Lamb, Boneless basa fish, Mussels, Pork bone soup base

-5890 No. 3 Rd Room 200, Richmond, BC
-3204 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H4

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3. Big Way Hot Pot

Big Way Hot Pot offers a fast, casual, and individual hot pot experience, where you can select from over 100 items!

First, choose your soup base, and we recommend you try the Signature Ma La Tang, Sichuan Green Pepper Soup, or Tom Yum Soup out of their 8 choices of soups.

Then, choose your favourite ingredients to fill your bowl. With 100 items to choose from (which changes seasonally), you’ll want to pick carefully as your final price is based on overall the weight.

On the roster, you’ll see your usual hot pot suspects – fish balls, veggies, noodles, meats, and seafood. But Big Way has some more unique items that you don’t quite see elsewhere.

Some include a tofu pouch, fish ball with salted egg yolk, squid ink cuttlefish ball, crayfish, and abalone.

And like Dolar Shop, end off your meal with a complimentary in-house made soft-serve ice cream. Definitely one of the best ways to finish a meal!

What to order: Signature Ma La Tang, Sichuan Green Pepper Soup, Tom Yum Soup,  Fish Balls, and Mochi-filled Cheese.

-7-4300 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
-5-4250 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
-4940 No. 3 Rd #123, Richmond, BC V6X 3A5

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4. Hotpot Palace

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Where can you cook-your-own hot pots, and add flavors of your choice? At Hotpot Palace, of course!

Stop by this chic and fun spot with friends or family, and enjoy a great meal that will leave you with fond memories, and a wish to always return for more.

If you’re in a group, you will want to go for the fresh sashimi platter, or the vegetable platter which is packed with variety and simply delicious!

The Wagyu beef is a crowd favorite and one of their most popular dishes, and the Dungeness crab is to die for. Sample their artisanal broths, in particular the Macau Style Pork Bone Soup. Yum!

What to order: Wagyu beef, Dungeness crab, Macau Style Pork Bone Soup

Address: 168-7911 Alderbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 2A4

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5. Happy Lamb Hot Pot (Richmond)

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With its spacious and modern interior, VIP rooms for private gatherings, and even a cool Kids Play Area, Happy Lamb Hot Pot is an eatery worth visiting to just hang out, or celebrate a special occasion.

Enjoy some truly classic Mongolian hot pots, just bursting with aroma and flavor, and take home some wonderful memories.

Happy Lamb Hot Pot is located just on the other side of Lansdowne Mall, where Dolar Shop also is.

So if the wait time at Dolar Shop is too long and you’re looking to save a bit of money, Happy Lamb makes for a good second nearby option.

Go for some Prime Boneless Short Ribs, or if you prefer fish, then the Flounder fillet is a must-try. For variety, opt for the Golden beef and lamb plate, or just dig into a plate of Cuttlefish Balls.

And if you’re a fan of chinese donut, it is MASSIVE here and well worth it. Wash it all down with their signature plum juice, or fizzy sparkling peach drink.

Tip: When you’re done your meal, try out their aeration machine to take away that hot pot smell from your clothes!

What to order: Prime Boneless Short Ribs, Flounder fillet, Golden beef and lamb, Cuttlefish Balls, chinese donut, plum juice, peach drink

Address: 405-5300 NO.3 Road Richmond


6. Gokudo Shabu Shabu

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For either lunch or dinner, Gokudo Shabu Shabu is a super popular spot in Richmond or Burnaby, offering affordable and flavourful individual hot pots to satisfy every palate. 

If you’re hungry and want to keep things simple, go for one of their combos, which includes rice or noodles, a veggie basket, a helping of seafood, and a milk tea drink.

Our recommendation is the rib eye beef combo or Japanese Oden & Meat hot pot combo.

Tip: If you’re going at regular dinner time, expect a wait since there is limited space.

What to order: rib eye beef combo, Japanese Oden & Meat hot pot combo

-3779 Sexsmith Rd Unit 2133, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z9
-5-4250 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4T7

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7. Crab Hot Lau

Cherry Pham, the owner of Crab Hot Lau, opened this Vietnamese crab hot pot restaurant when she couldn’t find a place serving authentic flavors from her home region.

The result – Crab Hot Lou, where she serves authentic North Vietnamese cuisine. With 80% of the ingredients imported directly from Hai Phong weekly, the place guarantees original flavors and top quality.

One of their specialties is Lau Cua Dong, which is a Vietnamese rice field crab hot pot. The fresh crab broth is absolutely flavourful and is served with seasonal vegetables, reddish-brown flat rice noodles, ground pork wrapped in piper leaves, and homemade fish cakes, the dish is the perfect antidote for the cold Vancouver winter.

Another must-try dish here is Nem Cua Bien Hai Phong, or Hai Phong Crab Spring Rolls, or simply Square Crab Spring Rolls.

Not so keen on crab? Go with Lau Duoi Bo, their oxtail hot pot, which again comes with seasonal veggies, oxtail, mushrooms, beef slices, and a flavor-packed broth that has been simmered for 24 hours.

What to order: Lau Cua Dong (rice field crab hot pot), Nem Cua Bien Hai Phong (square crab spring rolls), Lau Duoi Bo (oxtail hot pot)

Address: 2141 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 2T4

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8. Li Yi Shou

Hot pot in middle with two soup bases and ring of meat surrounding it
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A great a la carte option for hot pot in Vancouver would be none other than Li Yi Shou.

Renowned for their topnotch service, food quality, presentation, and ambiance this is a perfect choice for a special night out with a loved one, or a group of close friends.

Sample their succulent and melt-in-your-mouth scallops, or the Chongqing Hot Pot Speciality.

The Vegetable Platter is fresh and delightful, and their House Special Pork Bone soup base is one of the best in town.

And don’t forget the ring of meat!

What to order: scallops, Chongqing Hot Pot Speciality, Vegetable Platter, House Special Pork Bone

-5507 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2G3
-1542 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C2

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9. YuShang Hot Pot

Craving a steaming hot pot? YuShang Hot Pot is the place!

Offers all kinds of delicious soup bases from clear, mushroom, and chicken to spicy yet flavourful broth, along with a wide variety of toppings, no wonder why this place is a favorite spot for visitors and locals alike.

Pick the spicy, and aromatic Sichuan Special Soup (also known as Butter Spicy Soup) and the creamy Special Chicken Soup. Both are greater when combined at the same time!

They also have the Traditional Pork Rib Soup, which is packed with flavours and comes with a large pork rib bone as well.

Time for the toppings! We suggest you take the Sliced Beef, Lamb Roll, Veggie (of course), Tofu, Enoki Mushroom, and Fish Tofu. Just enough for a little party! 

What to order: Sichuan Special Soup, Special Chicken Soup, Traditional Pork Rib Soup, Sliced Beef, Lamb Roll, Tofu, Enoki Mushroom, Fish Tofu.

Address: 950 W Broadway #202, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K7

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10. Boiling Point

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Another popular eatery in Vancouver’s bustling hot pot scene, is Boiling Point for great tasting food, a wide variety of soups, bubbling individual pots, and spice that hits just the right spot on a cold wet day.

Sample the Tonkotsu Miso, which bursts with flavor, or the beef hot pot which is a popular choice.

Enjoy a taste of hot delicious Korean bean paste broth, or a spicy curry. You can adjust your spice levels to your liking. Just tell your server your preference.

Tip: If you’re thirsty, the Hokkaido Milk Tea is sooooo good!

What to order: Tonkotsu Miso, Korean bean paste broth, spicy curry, Hokkaido Milk Tea

-4148 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P7
-5276 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2E9
-Parkside Building, #130, 4800 No. 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3A6

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11. Landmark Hot Pot

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When you step into Landmark, you will be transported into a classic Asian family scene filled with warmth, laughter, and happy voices.

This beloved neighborhood spot is a great place to go with family or a group of friends, and just relax, dig into some amazing food with no fuss, and have the best time.

You can make your own hotpot here, so go wild and experiment to your heart’s content. Grab some Sichuan Spicy Chicken, Blanched Beef with Spinach, or Jellyfish and Pork Hock.

Their Baked Clam Soup is also a must-try, and the Squid with Satay Sauce just… Yum!

What to order: Sichuan Spicy Chicken, Blanched Beef with Spinach, Jellyfish and Pork Hock, Baked Clam Soup, Squid with Satay Sauce

Address: 4023 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2X9

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12. Happy Lamb Hot Pot (Burnaby)

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Whether it’s a family dinner or get-together with friends and you’re looking to come out stuffed, then Happy Lamb’s all-you-can-eat hot pot is the spot. It’s casual, moderately priced, and has quick service.

Yes this is the same brand as the Richmond location, except that one is a la carte, where as this one has retained it’s original AYCE offering.

Like many other hot pot spots, you have a WIDE selection of meat, seafood, and veggies to tick off on your sheet.

Lamb shoulder, chicken breast, beef tripe, fresh fish fillet, pork shoulder, and beef meatballs are only some of the meats on offer. Besides that, dumplings, fish cakes, veggies, rice, noodles, and of course a variety of broth to choose from!

You’ll probably want to go for a walk around the block after your meal!

-101-1788 West Broadway, Vancouver V6J 3J3
-Second Floor, 4755 Kingsway, Burnaby V5H 4W2

That rounds up some of the Best Hot Pot spots in the city, and we’re excited for you to try out a few (or all) of them for a wonderfully traditional Asian cuisine experience.

Looking for more food? Take a look at our picks of the best restaurants in Vancouver!

How We Create Our “Best” Lists

All Noms Magazine’s “best” lists are created using multiple factors and signals to help readers find the best restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at. Some of these factors and signs include personal experiences, correspondence with locals, and compiling experiences from review sites.

Each list is also created to be balanced (in terms of price, cuisine type, ambiance, and more) as possible. This means that the lists are not specifically created in ranking order. You should be comfortable picking from any of the spots on the list and generally have a good time. But of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary) and everyone may have different experiences/palates.