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It’s delicious hotpot, but not as we know it

HU Hu Tang will change your perception of a standard Chinese hotpot. It is more of a holistic pleasure — right from its funky graphic design to the tastefully designed interior, the effortlessly prepared soup base and quality ingredients to every possible detail.

The first impression is its sharp branding — the logo featuring two lovely tigers picking food from the yinyang hotpot and the name “Hu Hu Tang,” which in Shanghainese means sizzling hot.

In the same building in Xuhui District housing the popular modern Chinese restaurant Dao Jiang Hu, the newly opened hotpot venue belongs to the same owner, Betty Ng.

Both restaurant names are inspired by Shanghainese colloquial terms, which indicates the Singaporean owner’s deep connection to the local lifestyle after 16 years living in the city.

Hu Hu Tang is more of a warm, funky living room decorated by Ng who personally picks Chinese retro objects and fun items, thus the 42-seat space is not your typical hotpot restaurant but a cool place for a pleasant evening and nourishing experience.

And it’s also not like those restaurants that pay attention only to the outlook but lack soul. Ng loves to create and cares where her food comes from.

She has the sincerity with a homely, honest approach from sourcing to creating. Ingredients are carefully sourced from trusted suppliers around China, including chicken from Hainan Province, exotic mushrooms from Yunnan Province and hydroponic vegetables from Zhejiang Province.

Another highlight is the collagen-rich, MSG-free soup slow-cooked for hours. After ordering your soup, the attentive staff will present the gelatin-formed soup bases that you will watch melt after a few minutes.

Each soup base, from tomato beef consommé to burnt tomato hot sour fish maw broth to Yunnan wild morel consommé, is packed with nutritional collagen so the soup is not only tasty but also beautiful to see, and healthy.

Unique pairing sauces are crafted according to secret house recipes to maximize the flavors. Ng makes specialty sauces and recommends different pairings to enrich the experience — black pepper sauce and sesame dip with meat, citrus soy dip and herbed butter sauce with seafood.

The Wagyu platter composed of M7 wagyu ribeye, M6 snowflak, M6 primal cut and the premium seafood bowl are must-orders. And don’t forget the side dishes from the grill section. Spicy Guizhou chicken wings, soft-bone chicken patty, teriyaki sauce and potato, mentaiko cream cheese are highly recommended.

Hu Hu Tang is offering a 20 percent discount until the end of September.

Opening hours: 5:30pm-2am (Monday-Friday), 11:30pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-2am (weekends)
Tel: 6226-7510
Address: 2/F, 50 Tai’an Rd
Average price: 350 yuan/US$51


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