Gone are the days of sticky sweet and sour pork, curry stained Singapore noodles and playing it safe with a plate of dumplings at the local Chinese restaurant.
The demand for authentic Asian cuisine is growing and Australians are embracing it with open minds and empty stomachs! Crispy chicken feet, crab claw, duck blood, nibble offal, frog legs, and even sea urchin balls; with its huge selection of traditional and unconventional ingredients, Dragon Hot Pot is thriving at their eight stores across the country!
Historically, hot pot was regarded a poor man’s broth, born on the banks of the Yangtze River by labourers who couldn’t afford prime cuts of meat. From then, the rich and flavoursome broths grew to become a strong feature in Imperial cooking and the popularity only continues to grow.
Sichuan cuisine is the birthplace of many Chinese dishes that for decades have been well received globally. Originating from the Southwest of China, Sichuan cuisine is known for deep, rich, hot and spicy flavours. Dragon Hot Pot uses Hanyuan Sichuan Mala peppers as a baseline ingredient in their broths, a favoured spice of Chinese emperors for centuries.
The Signature Ma La Tang broth, available at all stores, is cooked with more than 24 wild herbs from Mount Emei, Sichuan, China, and follows the century old Sichuan hot pot broth recipe to produce a unique and golden thick fragrance. Other bases include the Sichuan Hot and Sour, Pickled Mustard, Collagen Bone Broth and Ma La Spicy Stir-Fry and the recently introduced vegan vegetable broth.
Dragon Hot Pot are renowned for their supermarket style set up, where customers pick and choose from over 100 ingredients, fit for any appetite and the utmost intrepid and adventurous diner. The beauty of Dragon Hot Pot’s unique offering is that you can select ingredients individually, the perfect opportunity to taste test delicacies and staples of Chinese cooking, that by some cultures are considered to be taboo.
While Dragon Hot Pot offers some of the most exotic ingredients you’ll find in Melbourne, there are plenty of other selections that even the most squeamish and fussy eaters will enjoy. Play it safe with chewy enoki mushrooms, chrysanthemum leaves, lotus root, hairy melon, bean curd with roe, luffa, cheesy tofu balls or if you feel brave enough to toe the line, vegetarian tripe!
Launching their first store late 2017, Dragon Hot Pot has set Australia ablaze with seven stores across open Melbourne, and recently one in Perth:
213 Russell St, Melbourne (Open 24/7)
433 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
251 Swanston St Melbourne (Open 24/7)
QV Melbourne Foodcourt
108 Kingsway Glen Waverley
Box Hill Central North Precinct
288 Clayton Rd Clayton
877 Albany Hwy East Victoria Park Perth