DIY Soup for Dinner

Get some steaming soup broth and a big plate of meat or seafood and cook up your own dinner at Hot Pot City.

These particular toddlers are dim sum veterans. They are usually easily diverted at an Asian restaurant with dumplings or noodles. While eating, they amuse themselves by assaulting the foods with a combination of ceramic soup spoons and chopsticks — but not this time.

They wanted to probe the intriguing cauldron with whatever tools they could get their hands on, and there was nothing that could divert them. We ended up leaving the restaurant hungry after a couple of cursory bowls of soup, and I considered myself lucky not to be sitting in an emergency room with a scalded ankle-biter. Which is why I had to laugh when Jenny said she hated hot pot when she was a kid.

Visit Hot Pot City when you have time to linger.
Troy Fields
Visit Hot Pot City when you have time to linger.

Location Info


Hot Pot City

8300 W. Sam Houston Parkway S.
Houston, TX 77072

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Outer Loop - SW


Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Half and half soup base: $8.95

Lamb shoulder: $6.95

Assorted meat: $9.95

Meat Lovers: $23.95

Shrimp: $5.95

Seafood platter: $10.95

8300 West Sam Houston Tollway, 832-328-3888.

A hot pot dinner can be a wonderful winter treat. The steamy atmosphere, the hearty soups and the feeling of huddling around a fire with friends make it a nice way to spend a cold evening. But do the kids a favor: Call a babysitter, order them a pizza and leave them at home.

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