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老码头火锅: Best Hot Pot Chengdu

Best Hot Pot Chengdu is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.


With one day in Chengdu, I wanted to do two things: 1) See the pandas. 2) Eat hot pot. I asked my friend, a former Chengdu resident, where to go. He said the best hot pot is 老码头火锅. There are two locations, the original and the one next to my hotel, the Grand Hyatt.a building with a balcony and a sign a red lanterns on a pole a ceiling with boxes on it a long wooden door with gold writing on it

He cautioned me that it could be a bit challenging to order without being fluent in Mandarin, and he said it could be quite pricey. I can say beef, lamb, and fried rice.  Those words, and a few others, are the extent of my food vocabulary (next time, I’ll be fluent thanks to Yoyo Chinese).a menu on a table

While there was a menu in English, it was not very descriptive. The first choice was having the pot all spicy or half and half. Having been to Chengdu before, I tried the not spicy broth.  This time, I decided to go all spicy. That was a good choice. I also ordered cold beer, another good choice.a copper pot with a cup in a bowl of liquid a copper pot with a soup in a copper bowl

The waitress came with enough food for a family and proceeded to dunk it in the bubbling hot pot. She also created a spicy dipping concoction for the obscene amount of food I ordered.

a counter with bowls of food and bottles of sauce
Dipping sauce parameters
a bowl of green sauce
Dipping sauce

Everything was great. I don’t think it’s a credit to my ordering skills but rather to the deliciousness of the hot pot itself.a group of people cooking in a restaurant a table with food on it

As far as spiciness goes, it was spicy in a good way. I was sweating but I wasn’t habanero pepper dying.a bowl of soup in a large copper bowl a person holding chopsticks over a pot of soup

The bill came out to 333RMB ($47). That’s considerably more than Chinese street food (see Cheap Eats Shanghai: Morning, Day, Night, Morning Again) but well worth it for this great dinner. a woman standing in front of a table full of food

Overall

Don’t miss hot pot when you’re in Chengdu.


Best Hot Pot Chengdu is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.

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