Yuan’s Hot Pot | Traditional Chinese Fondue

Preparing food in a hotpot is a traditional Chinese cooking method where a simmering pot of Chinese soup base fills the middle of the dining table. During dinner, guests drop their favourite fish, meat, frogs (oh yes) or veggies in the bubbling hot pot (Chuan Chuan Xiang). You can compare it to a traditional fondue, but better and also a bit healthier because you are not frying your ingredients. Yuan’s Hot Pot is the first of its kind based in Amsterdam. 

Yuan's Hot Pot

How it works

You start off by picking the base of your soup.Tip: be careful with your choice in the level of spice. These levels are curated on the tongues of the Asians, therefore, the half-half spicy is already very spicy! You can try it out anyway if you’re a bit stubborn, they can also make it less spicy by adding some more cooked water. Whatever you’ll choose, there are enough ingredients to choose from. At Yuan’s Hot Pot, you order your favourite dishes and drinks on a tablet and add them into your digital basket. Very 2019. What you order arrives at the table on bamboo skewers. The hot pot keeps simmering while you place the skewers into the soup and wait a couple minutes until it’s cooked and ready to eat.

Yuan's Hot Pot Amsterdam

Bring your friends!

In my opinion Yuan’s Hot Pot is not the kind of restaurant you’ll bring your date to, but I’ll leave that up to you. The interior doesn’t scream “Instagram hotspot” but this is what makes it authentic and traditional. As a result, you will see a lot of Asian customers and this is always a good sign! You’ll have more fun with family or friends around the table and time flies by while the soup boils. It’s also nice to reserve a table with more people than two, because you will be able to try and share more. This way you might be brave enough to order the frog legs, which are a real recommendation! Another option and less scary than the frog legs: shrimp dumplings (we ordered this up to five times). If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you have plenty of choice too!

Yuan's Hot Pot Vegetables

Yuan’s Hot Pot is the first restaurant in Amsterdam with this Hot Pot concept.

Why visit?

In conclusion, at Yuan’s Hot Pot, you’ll experience the real authentic taste of the Chengdu Hot Pot. This is the first restaurant in Amsterdam with this Hot Pot concept. They pamper their customers with much kindness and their secret family recipe and dishes. Sounds good right? A recipe that has been passed down from generations must be good!

Yuan's Hot Pot

YUAN’S HOT POT
Rijnstraat 51, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram
Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 22:30

Love,

Larissa

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Full Moon Garden brings their Dim Sum to Amsterdam

If you have Asian roots like me, you know that “Asian” brunch is a thing. Eating with family & friends is very important and the Chinese understand this more than anyone. It’s no surprise that they invented Dim Sum, small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on a small plate, that is served with a hot pot of jasmine tea. You can imagine how happy I was to hear that the traditional dim sum restaurant Full Moon Garden opened in Amsterdam this week.

Full Moon Garden
It all started in Hong Kong back in the 90’s. Mr Kwok opened his first restaurant in the city that is considered to be the birthplace of dim sum. After a few years he and his family decided to start a new life in The Netherlands and in 2011 they opened their first Full Moon Garden restaurant  in the city of Den Haag, where Full Moon Garden has become somewhat of a household name. With the success they manage to open 2 more Full Moon Garden restaurants in Den Haag, but it is the first time that they open one in Amsterdam.

Full moon garden amsterdam
Full Moon Garden is located on the Leidsestraat 

The Menu
Do you have a couple of hours? There are two menu’s; one dim sum menu, and one dinner menu. On both menu’s you will be able to find all the traditional dishes, as well as some modern style Chinese cuisine. Some of Full Moon’s signature dishes are the Peking Duck, streetfood style Scallion Pancakes, silken tofu, crispy noodles and of course the steamed dumplings.

Dim sum full moon garden

For desert you must try the Mango Pudding that is served in a koi fish shape, symbolising wealth, harmony and happiness.

The dumplings taste exactly like they are suppose to, and if you like veggies, try the Chinese broccoli or eggplant with peppers. Yum!

Dim sum full moon garden Amsterdam

The new restaurant is located in the middle of the Leidsestraat, next to the MacDonalds. A long staircase takes you upstairs where there are seats for about 180 people. The view isn’t bad either, if you like some people watching.

I will definitely come back for some Sunday dim sum with my friends!

Love,

Elke

Full Moon Garden Amsterdam
Leidsestraat 94, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

Amsterdams new Asian Hotspot » HappyHappyJoyJoy

I love Asian food! Whether it’s Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean or Japanese, these cuisines bring a little spice to my life. So I was thrilled when I heard about this new Asian kid in town: HappyHappyJoyJoy. Yes the name is very Asian too and I love it.

This Asian hotspot is situated in the Bilderdijkstraat and around the corner of the buzzing Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam. Their concept is simple but effective. They serve Asian Streetfood. Not your usual starters or mains but small and surprising Asian dishes to share and taste. Taste typical Asian dishes like Har Kau and Shao Mai or red hot specialties like ‘hot & spicy shrimps’ or steamed mussels in XO sauce.

Happyhappyjoyjoy serves streetfood with Thai, Malaysian , Indonesian, Chinese and Korean influences.

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The first thing you notice when you enter is the interior. It’s awesome. Red umbrella’s cover the ceiling and typical Asian propaganda cover the walls.
You can dine right across from the open kitchen, sit at the bar or book a private room in the back. It can get quite busy during the week so make sure you reserve yourself a table. In the weekends you should be able to walk in for lunch.

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Food and business, 2 things that go very well together in Asia. Book your private table here.

I tried the Mussels, Thai fishcakes, Korean salad and the famous Pad Thai. All delicious and you can really taste the different flavors. They serve a variety of Asian tea’s, beers and drinks such as fresh coconuts, palm juice and sparkling lychee ramune. The only negative thing I have to say is that they don’t serve vegetarian DimSum, only meat. This was a disappointment because I’m always on a quest to find the best DimSum in Amsterdam.

HappyHappyJoyJoy Mussels
Spicy steamed mussels, yummie!

HappyHappyJoyJoy also does take away and you can book small or bigger events. Diner cards, special chopsticks and their signature sweet chilly sauce are all available through their WebshopSo whatever your Asian preference is, I think you can say (with an Asian accent); I’m very happy happy! 

Love,

Elke

HappyHappyJoyJoy
Bilderdijkstraat 158hs

1053 LC Amsterdam
+31(0)20 344 6433
Open for Lunch & Dinner