Revisiting 辛殿火锅 (Xindian Hotpot), the Best Steamboat In Taipei, Taiwan

Revisiting 辛殿火锅 (Xindian Hotpot), the Best Steamboat In Taipei, Taiwan

Looking for a Steamboat restaurant in Taipei with fresh, delicious beef, pork and lamb, as well as free flow bottled drinks and Haagan Dazs/Movenpick ice cream in a comfortable environment with clean toilets? Look no further. 辛殿火锅 (Xindian Hotpot) hits nail on the head as a steamboat restaurant which truly knows what a customer wants.

One of my most anticipated meals of this trip to Taipei was to Xindian Hot Pot. I visited 2 years ago and it left a deep impression on me as The Best Steamboat in Taipei, Taiwan, which is one of my most popular blog posts. I visited Xindian Pot twice in my 2 weeks in Taiwan.

Xin Dian Hot Pot, Taipei
Xin Dian Hot Pot, Taipei

I went there at 7:40PM on a Tuesday with 2 others. We made a reservation 2 days in advance. I highly recommend making a reservation at least a day in advance to avoid any disappointment. It was fully booked when we tried to make a reservation in the morning. They accept walk-ins if you are willing to wait.

Electronic pot
Electronic Pot on their Marble Table
Clean, modern toilets
Clean, modern toilets

As we approached the place, there was a long queue outside and the restaurant was crowded. It was even more crowded than I previously remembered. As a big group left, the entire staff cleaned and prepared the tables for the next group of customers very quickly.

I was excited to be back in here and was luckily given the table with the sofas! Just by having sofas, it makes the entire experience so much more comfortable, which makes you not want to leave.

Interior
Interior

The sauce station is the same as before. One of my favourite sauces is the XO sauce.

Sauce Station
Sauce Station

Free flow Haagen Dazs and Movenpick ice cream, as well as bottled drinks! There is also drink dispenser machines and a hot drinks machine.

FREE FLOW!
FREE FLOW!
A bottle opener is placed at the left of the fridge to open the bottles.
A bottle opener is placed at the left of the fridge to open the bottles.

Within 2 years, the restaurant has not changed much. The area is still clean, and everything is the same as I’ve remembered. The menu has changed to offer more than before.

New Menu
New Menu. Click to enlarge!

When you get seated, the staff will ask if you’ve been here before, and will bring the standard pot of soup to your table, a Yin Yang pot of Mala (Spicy) Soup and Chicken Soup. The Mala Soup comes with Blood Cake inside which you can eat or throw away if you don’t like it. It does not affect the soup taste. I came with a Taiwanese who thoroughly enjoyed the blood cake. This is one of my favourite mala soups around in steamboat establishments.

Mala
Mala Soup

The chicken soup that came with dates and wolfberry inside, and was delicious from the start up til the meal ended.

Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup

We started by ordering all the meats available. They have various types of beef, pork and lamb.

Meats
Meats

The top choice of the night was their 美国五花牛 (American 5-flower beef), which we ordered non-stop. It was not frozen. It’s easily cooked shabu-shabu style and dipping it with their XO sauce makes it easily the top dish of the night. It was impossible to be bored of it, even when we were full.

dat freshness
dat freshness

Another worthy mention was the 黑毛花猪 (Pork) which went well with both soups.

Pork
Pork

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There was also a few unique dishes like the fish wonton, cheese ball and duck meat balls. It felt like a premium selection, and were all tastier than expected.

Wonton, Cheeseball, Duck balls
Wonton, Cheeseball, Duck balls

Some must-have dishes are the Wang Zi Mian/Prince Noodles (Taiwan’s instant noodles) and the 卤肠(Braised Intestine). 卤味can be seen everywhere in Taiwan with long queues, and it’s one of Taiwan’s iconic dishes. I was amazed at the 卤肠’s flavour while being mixed with the mala soup, making it spicy while retaining the 卤 taste.

Braised Intestine
Braised Intestine

The Wang Zi Mian tastes different from instant noodles you usually have, and is somehow extremely tasty with the mala soup. We ordered a few packets of it and stuffed ourselves.

Wang Zi Mian
Wang Zi Mian

There was also an impressive selection of seafood with Baby Squid, Scallops, fresh Lala(蛤蜊/clams) and Oysters. Yes, free flow oysters!! It was much bigger before cooking, like the size of raw oysters in international buffets.

FREE FLOW oysters.
FREE FLOW oysters.

The Lala was fresh and plump(!!) prompting us to order it non stop.

蛤蜊 (lala/clam)
蛤蜊 (lala/clam)

We ended the meal by ordering cake. There were 6 different varieties of desserts, and since we didn’t really know how to read Chinese, we ordered one of everything.

DESSERTS!
DESSERTS!
Mango Milk Pudding
Mango Milk Pudding

We spammed the Mango Milk pudding. It was creamy with a nice milky smell as you put it in your mouth, with mango infused in the entire solution. Oh-so-good. There is also a Hokkaido Milk cake, Tiramisu etc. All free flow.

Hokkaido Milk Cake
Hokkaido Milk Cake
EVEN MORE CAKE
EVEN MORE CAKE

From this post, I believe you can tell that we basically ordered everything non-stop haha but with 3 hungry guys in Taiwan, we were already trained to eat more than usual with the nightly Ye Shi visits.

Directions:
Exit 7 of Songjiang Nanjing MRT, on the yellow line. Walk straight towards the building in the picture.

Walk straight towards here.
Exit 7 of Songjiang Nanjing MRT. Walk straight towards here.

Keep walking straight. You’ll pass a Toyota Dealer.

Keep walking straight. You'll pass a Toyota dealer.
Toyota dealer

Walk til you see a Haagen Dazs and Movenpick standee outside. There should be a queue if you go around dinner.

Number 129.
Number 129.

The crowd outside.

Crowd
Crowd

One thing I’d like to note about Xindian Pot is that there is no wait time for your dishes. From my own experience, all dishes ordered are delivered within a minute. The staff is attentive and clears empty plates and bottles immediately.

Price:
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It’s very easy to walk to Xindian pot, and even easier to fall in love with their food. Even 2 years later, to me, this is still the Best Steamboat in Taipei, Taiwan.

I'll be back for more!
I’ll be back for more!

Getting there
台北市中山區松江路129-4號
3-4 minute walk from Songjiang Nanjing MRT, Exit 7.
Walk straight all the way (pass Toyota)

Contact: +886 2 2503 7667.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xindianhotpot
Website: http://www.xindianpot.com.tw/intro.htm

Cost
498NT for lunch (~S$21.60)
598NT for dinner (~S$26.20)

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