I always love hot pot. I love the many aspects of hot pot — the communal gathering, the DIY cooking, and how it can warm me up, especially in cold weather. So, during the chilly evenings in Da Lat, I usually find myself sitting at a small corner of a hot pot restaurant while dipping vegetables and slices of meat in the simmering broth.
In this article, I’d love to share my favorite hot pot restaurants in Da Lat that I usually go to.
Vegetable Buffet Hot Pot
Da Lat is famous for its fresh vegetables and fruits, so trying vegetable hotpot here is a must.
The ingredients are all organic, grown, and harvested in Da Lat. Here, you can enjoy more than 20 types of vegetables such as cabbage, bok choy, spinach, and lettuce.
Also, the price is reasonable too. I pay 59 000 VND (~$2.5) each time. A standard buffet includes mixed salad, steamed fruits, vegetables, dipping sauce, vermicelli, egg noodles, and artichoke tea.
The restaurant serves diners a 2-compartment hot pot. One compartment is a nutritious soup that is good for health, while the other one is a hot and sour satay hot pot for those who like a strong spicy taste.
Address: 1st Floor Cable Car Resort, Robin Hill, Da Lat
Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Da Lat chicken hot pot with basil leaves (Lẩu gà lá é)
Although this dish is not from Da Lat, it has won the hearts of many diners in town.
Chicken hot pot with basil leaves is a unique combination of the sour flavor of basil and the sweetness of the chicken in a spicy broth. It offers a rich, delicious, and unforgettable taste.
Also, if you have a cold, eating this hotpot will be helpful as basil is be used to treat ailments such as cold and cough.
Where to try?
Tao Ngo restaurant is famous among locals. This restaurant was one of the first in Da Lat to serve chicken hotpot with basil leaves. Prices for one hotpot are around 200,000 – 300,000 VND, and you can share between 2 to 4 people.
Address: No. 5, 3/4 street, Da Lat, Lam Dong
Opening hours: 8 am – 8 pm
Beef hot pot
Beef hot pot is another delicious dish that you should try in Da Lat. A hotpot with tender beef, fresh vegetables, egg noodles, and rich broth is an excellent choice for a cold evening in town.
Where to try beef hotpot in Da Lat?
Ba Toa restaurant is where I’d go for this dish. The street is full of beef hotpot restaurants, but the most famous is the rustic wooden house located at the end of a busy alley.
The price here is also affordable. For example, one hot pot is from 200,000VND to 300,000VND, depending on the size.
The broth here is rich, simmered from beef bones and vegetables, while the meat is carefully chosen to have both fat and lean parts.
Another dish you should try in Da Lat is the sturgeon hot pot. Sturgeons have been farmed in the region for a long time, and nowadays, they’re a part of a local specialty that’s particularly popular during winter.
The dish consists of sliced salmon and sturgeon and a hot broth, served with local vegetables. The sweet and sour of the soup with the particular favor of sturgeon is very suitable in the chilly weather of Da Lat.
Where to try sturgeon hotpot in Da Lat?
I was recommended Lau Ca tam Ngu Son restaurant by the locals and had a pleasant experience. The staff warmly welcomed and recommended some signatures of the region. Also, the food was delicious, and the fish was fresh.
In addition to hotpot, you should try other dishes such as roasted sturgeon with chilly or grilled sturgeon with herbs.
Address: 33/15 Phan Dinh Phung, Ward 2, Da Lat
Opening hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Salmon hot pot
In addition to sturgeon hotpot, salmon hotpot is also a must-try. The main ingredients for the salmon hot pot include pineapple, tomatoes, hot pot broth made from vegetables, and salmon fillet. Served with the hot pot will be rice noodles and fresh vegetables such as morning glory, cabbage, etc.
Where to try salmon hot pot?
Eros Ca Hoi restaurant is famous amongst travelers in Da Lat. Here, you can choose different salmon dishes such as sashimi, fried salmon with potato rolls, and spicy salmon hot pot.
Although the restaurant is quite expensive, the salmon is fresh and delicious—overall good experience.