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July 01, 2014

HAVE HOT POT: Memorable Yummy Hot Pot Experience in Taipei! @JeronTravel

July 01, 2014

HAVE HOT POT: Memorable Yummy Hot Pot Experience in Taipei! @JeronTravel




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I love Taiwanese Hot Pot! One actually shouldn't leave Taipei without having tried it.  

(Related Blog Post: TIAN WAI TIAN - My BEST Hot Pot Experience)

I recently had one of my most memorable hot pot experiences in Have Hot Pot, Taipei. Unlike eat-all-you-can hot pot places like Tian Wai Tian, Have Hot Pot has an a la carte and well-curated yummy menu.

The signages and the menu are all written in Chinese, providing that authentic Taiwanese feel.

Here's a photo essay of our Taiwan Fam Trip Group's visit to Have Hot Pot...




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Have Hot Pot is located near Exit 2 of Shuanglian MRT Station. 

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You should be facing Minsheng West Road and making a U-turn into a side street.

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Walk for a few minutes and you'll see this corner store with the Chinese signage.

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Just to make sure you're in the right place, look for this facade with "Have Hot Pot" on the floor.

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The menu is in Chinese (Menu Front, Menu Back). You can use the photos in this blog post as a guide and show it to the servers. :)

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It's best to eat on the second floor for a better ambiance.

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The servers are really nice. It's like a casual high-end place.

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You can start with their Taiwan Milk Tea with really chewy, soft sago.

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The hot pot uses traditional charcoal.

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It's first served with the vegetable ingredients and their signature soup already in the pot.

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I love the hand-painted hot pot, which looks like a big tajine container.

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White rice with tea egg, vegetables, and pork soup are served to complement the hot pot.

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We ordered two kinds of meat -- thin slices of beef...

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...and slices of duck meat. 

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Our awesome company in Taiwan. All of us raved about the food in Have Hot Pot. Highly recommended! :) 

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Before you start, you must create your hot pot sauce, Taiwanese style. 

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You can add onions, white and green scallions...

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...garlic, sesame oil, chili...

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...mashed radish, tofu salt bean, and the key ingredient -- Taiwanese Satay.

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You can also add white vinegar and soy sauce to your hot pot sauce.

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Chicken feet anyone? My wife would love this. :)

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We let the hot pot boil before we add the other raw ingredients... 

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...like the sweet corn...

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...young corn...

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...which is a bit of a hassle to eat because you still have to peel off the husk...

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...banana heart...

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...dimsum balls...

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...and tofu skin.

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You have to wait for all the vegetables to cook and for the soup to boil again.

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After the soup boils, you can add the duck meat...

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...and the beef (until it turns brown).

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You can also order other cooked dishes to pair with your hot pot, like these fried dimsum balls...

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...and the best fried chicken we've ever tasted in Taipei! It has super crispy skin but still very juicy inside. This is the first thing you should ask for since it's cooked on order and takes 30 minutes to prepare.

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The tastiest Taiwanese pork chop we've tried on our trip. Order this, too! :)

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Thank you to Jeron Travel, Eva Air, and the Taiwan Visitor's Bureau for sharing this Hot Pot discovery with us. 

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The hot pot comes with free soft served ice cream, which is the only letdown in our meal. A homemade ice cream with Taiwanese flavors would have been the perfect ending.

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Even the bill comes in a nice handcrafted envelope.

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HAVE HOT POT!

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Disclosure: Our Taiwan Fam Trip was courtesy of the Taiwan Visitor's Bureau, Eva Air, and Jeron Travel. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Our bill was roughly $NT400/head. Not bad for an authentic Taiwanese Hot Pot experience! :)

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