These gigantic bowls of spicy, steaming broth aren't just a delicious way to coax yourself into a social activity, it literally warms your soul too. Especially now that all Emerald City can talk about is the snow and wish for the sun, we've found the perfect combo of both — a fun hot pot in Seattle.
Located in the bustling Chinatown International District, Hot Pot King dishes up a Chongqing-style beef base and plenty of Sichuan peppers, with prices for the broth starting at $6.99.
But here's the fun part — they'll be accompanied by adorable orange figurines of teddy bears, Hello Kittys and Doraemon.
While it's easy to mistake them for a dinner companion, they are more than that. The characters are chunks of beef fat steeped in chili-infused oil that you can drop into your hot pot for added flavor!
You'll literally have to see it to believe how they'll swim in your bowl until they melt. It won't make you sad though, because they dissolve into a burst of extra zest.
While that alone is enough to want to check this place out between 12.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m every day, it'll be your dream spot if you dig hot food.
Their spice levels literally range from 1 to 10. But if you're in it just for some warm soup, you can opt for the original, mild concoction.
You can then choose your toppings — everything from crabs scallops, mussels or crab sticks to soupy dumplings.
There's also an array of meats like lamb, beef, pork and chicken, meatballs and noodles you can pick from for an added cost of $3.99 to $18.99.
If you're a vegetarian, there's enough to delight you as well. There is about 17 produce including lotus root, seaweed knots, watercress or a combo of all of them.
For your protein fix, there's several kinds of tofu and bean curd rolls and sticks too.
We don't know about you, but this weather has got us thinking that we should slink into this spot for a warm fix ASAP.
Hot Pot King
Address: 710 8th Ave S., Seattle, WA
Time: Tuesday to Sunday from 12.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: Authentic Chongqing hot pot + fun, spicy figurines that'll melt in them.