Try this: Qimin Organic Hotpot Marketplace

From farm to table, this is hotpot at its finest

What is it?

Owned by the same folks behind speciality grocer Green & Safe, this is the third Qimin branch bringing the farm-to-table concept to its customers. Qimin prides itself as a healthy hotpot restaurant, focusing on organic ingredients sourced directly from its own farm in Kunshan and a menu that changes every three months to ensure the freshest seasonal ingredients.

You can finally say ‘table for one, please’ at a hotpot restaurant. Unlike your usual hotpot experience, at Qimin, each guest gets their own individual pot.

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On the menu

There are eight types of broth, from the popular Mongolian-style (28RMB) with a strong, herbal flavour or sweet roasted tomato beef bone (38RMB), to the light ‘four seasons organic vegetable’ (32RMB). The deep flavours come from hours of slow-cooking and are completely additive-free.

There’s variety of high-quality meats, including organic ‘300 days’ black pig pork belly and shoulder (48RMB) and Australian M5 wagyu sirloin (198RMB). But it’s the seafood, vegetables and specialty items that steal the show. The premium seafood platter (168RMB) features eight types of seafood with standouts like live hairy crab and razor clams. The handmade abalone and codfish lollipops (six for 88RMB) are worth a try, as are the edamame-studded seafood nougats (three for 20RMB) that nicely soak up the pots’ rich broths.

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With self-harvested sprouts and mushrooms, baby tomatoes, corn, carrots and a mix of fresh greens, the organic vegetable basket (48RMB) is a colourful sight. You’ll hardly need dipping sauces with such fresh and flavoursome ingredients, but even so, we still say go crazy at the DIY sauce table (10RMB per person).

We wouldn’t mind making a trip here just for dessert. A four-in- one masterpiece combines Taiwanese SunnyHills pineapple cake, honeycomb, vanilla ice cream and organic strawberries on shaved ice, topped off with drizzles of condensed milk and mint leaves (58RMB).

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Hot tip

Join in on the evening ‘auction’ to get hotpot ingredients for a steal. Items up for grabs range from seafood to wine and change daily. Plus, you get a free beer just for participating.

The verdict

A far cry from the usual steamy hotpot restaurant with messy table tops, murky broths and dubious meat, Qimin is a great place to enjoy a sin-free (albeit slightly more pricey) hotpot experience.

Qimin Organic Hotpot is at Third Floor, 191 Hengshan Lu, near Wulumuqi Bei Lu, Xuhui district. See full venue details below

Venue details

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