Austin is full of delicious soups and ramen in the capital city for those days you just want something warm. But for a more interactive experience, it’s worth seeking out the city’s hot pot restaurants. Typically, hot pot dining is a social one, where diners dip and cook vegetables, meats, and other food items into a shared sizzling vessel of soups or broths. There are hot pots in Chinese and Mongolian cultures, and the Japanese version is shabu-shabu (which translates to “swish-swish,” referring to the motion of stirring meats and vegetables around in hot brothers with chopsticks).
While Austin’s hot pot and shabu-shabu scene isn’t ginormous, there are a few key restaurants offering great communal experiences. There’s the all-you-can-eat hot pots of Soupleaf Hot Pot, the new-school shabu-shabu of Ramen Tatsu-ya, and others.
By the way, Austin is about to get an additional hot pot hotspot soon: Restaurant chain K Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot will open in Sunset Valley and Arboretum (hopefully) this year.Read More