Nan Men Hot Pot
No. 9 Ritan East Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China, CA
Chinese Name: 南门涮肉
Nan Men Hot Pot is a popular Islamic hot pot restaurant in Beijing, with 8 locations. We ate at the Chaoyang District location that is across the street from Embassy row and a couple blocks from the Silk Market and subway station Guomao. The specialize in individualized ornate blue hot pots used to cook meat, seafood, and vegetables. They like to emphasize the health benefits of particular items and love to show off their ISO certifications.
Decor, Vibe – Ornate courtyard dining room with traditional Chinese lanterns, tables, chairs, and paintings. Private rooms. Couples and small parties were eating lunch when we were there.
Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)
Boiling Hot pot
Hot pot base mix
Individual mini hotpots (10¥) are filed with water, dates, mushrooms, green onion, garlic, ginger and heating with an alcohol based heating element.
Colored Noodles (12¥) – How fun! Many different types made with different vegetable colorings. Included two egg noodles.
Thick yam or starched Bean Threads (Fun see)
Fresh Lamb (28¥) – Thicker slices of meat that were not gamey. Nice low key lamb flavor. A lot nicer than the frozen lamb.
Assorted Beef and Lamb (58¥) – We selected the normal meat. It had lots of fat but was very tasty. There is no need to upgrade to the more expensive options that can cost many times more.
Specially made mashed Shrimp (48¥) – Smashed into a plastic bag and extruded into your hot pot. Sounds gross but tastes like regular shrimp.
Black Bean Curd (8¥) – Have not seen this in the USA. Really nicely done, with a slight tart flavor.
Vegetables – Boy did they give us a ton of veggies. Napa cabbage, shitaki mushrooms, kale, lettuce, and more. All were fresh. Could not finish them.
Red Bean Milk (10¥) – More milk flavor than red bean. The milk in China tastes different than the US.
Rose Flower Juice (12¥) – Subtle flavors. Very sweet. They combine multiple juices in one to achieve this effect.
Two types of dipping sauce, a thick sesame sauce and soy sauce.
Nan Men Hot Pot had decent service although the server could have come around more. They did promptly refill the hot pot when needed. The quality of the ingredients was very good. The meats, veggies, and noodles were all very tasty. If you take too long and run out of fuel, you do have to pay for more. We have no problems recommending this place.