[Taipei] In an online research conducted by a Taiwan big data analysis website, Top One Pot 這一鍋 皇室秘藏鍋物 has clinched the Number 1 spot for top mala steamboat based on web popularity.
While I would usually refrain from having steamboat when travelling (due to lack of stomach space), many positive recommendations and reviews have led me to give Taiwanese steamboat experience a shot.
Over at Top One Pot 這一鍋, the concept and dining ambience are geared towards the Chinese dynasties.
This is based on the mythical basis of ancient royalty members achieved health and longevity though consuming nourishing soup broths (老火汤).
With recipes handed down from the past and usage of quality ingredients, Top One Pot has then recreated their rendition of nourishing soup broths base such as the premium Phoenix Reunion Pot (NT$680, SGD$31.30 per pot), Royal Spicy Hot Pot, Luxurious Pickled Cabbage Pot and Chicken Pot (NT$110, SGD$5.10 per pax)
For variety, I went with the Duo Pot (NT$110, SGD$5.10 per pax + NT$150, SGD$6.90 per pot) and opted for the Royal Spicy Hot Pot with Chicken Pot.
Contrary to usual Chinese mala pot, their Royal Spicy Hot Pot was not THAT spicy and oily.
The broth was in fact drinkable on its own, and the friendly wait staff would also ask about your spice acceptance level and adjust the spiciness accordingly.
The Royal Spicy Hot Pot also came with free-flow coagulated duck’s blood and tofu, quite value for its money.
I have never eaten coagulated duck’s blood in my life but found the pieces quite tasty, especially after absorbing the soup flavour and essence.
As for ingredients, I found the offerings less extensive.
There was the usual meat, seafood and even innards menu, but short of my favourite processed food like spam and sausages.
Okay, I think those are considered unhealthy and hence thus didn’t make it to the menu.
While there wasn’t any fanciful ‘noodle-pulling’ actions or ‘mask changing’ performances, here you get staff costumed as ‘Eunuch’ reciting royal decree and ‘Emperor’ out doing tour inspections, while giving away free desserts.
People do queue to get free things from the ‘Emperor’.
Reservations are recommended and can be easily made online though their website.
My average damage was about SGD$30 per pax.
Top One Pot這一鍋 皇室秘藏鍋物
No. 88, Xinyi Road, Section 4, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm, 5pm – 1am (Mon to Fri), 11.30 am to 1am (Sat & Sun)
Google Maps – Top One Pot (Zhe Yi Guo Xinyi
Zhongshan North store:
No. 31, Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 1am Daily
No. 190, Jilin Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 12am – 2am (Mon to Fri), 11.30am – 2am (Sat & Sun)
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* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.