This Hot Pot Restaurant Gives You Free Slices of Meat If You’re Shorter Than 5’7!


Healthy buffet? YES!

According to a survey conducted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations DNA, the average height of male Filipinos is 5’3 and for the females it’s 4’11. While on a global scale, we are known to be one of the shortest populations, we still have a culture of making fun of our smallest friends in our barkadas, but at this hot pot restaurant, they’ve got the upper hand.

Ai Shi Guo

This homey restaurant serves hot pot dishes with many different broths, toppings, and sides. Specializing in their mala soup base (mala meaning a special mix of Sichuan pepper and Pixian chili bean sauce), they also serve chicken and pork bone broth, and their unique double rich pumpkin milk soup.

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For any of you are planning a trip to Taiwan any time soon, you’re in luck! Because this restaurant announced their special summer promo old-school style, with a simple banner across the entrance of the shop, reading:

“We shouldn’t be separated by stature, no stress when eating meat. From today, we are giving you one slice of meat for every cm below 175cm”

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You read that right. Anyone under 175cm, which is approximately 5 feet 7 inches, will get a free slice of meat for every centimeter below 175cm! So if you stand at 165cm, you will get 10 slices of meat for free! Suddenly, math isn’t the bane of our existence.

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To avail of this promo, aside from being short, there is a minimum spend and a 2-hour dining time limit, which all seems reasonable when you’re faced with such a treat! To anyone in Taiwan, have the best hot pot experience of your life.

Planning your Taiwan itinerary? Here are their opening hours so you can schedule your visit without a hitch:

Weekdays: 5:30pm to 01:30am
Holidays: 11:30am to 01:30am

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297 Yucheng Road, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813
252 Xintian Road, Qianjin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 801
57, Dadun 20th Street, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 40758

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Hungry for more shabu-shabu?

The key to someone’s heart is, undoubtedly, food. But going more into that, it needs to be a balance of something tasty, something heartfelt, and something a little healthy (for long life). Hot pot or shabu-shabu gives you all of that, boiling in a bowl full of vegetables, noodles, fish cakes, and more.

We’ve listed some of the healthiest hot pot/shabu-shabu places in Metro Manila that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Ganso Shabuway – multiple branches

Ganso-Shabuway is an international franchise from California that offers Japanese-style hot pot. They serve all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce and other hot pot toppings. All shabu-shabu sets are served with choice of broth, vegetable plate, unlimited rice, and homemade dipping sauces.

Recommended Dish: USDA Angus Beef Set or the Seafood Set
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Hundred Degree Hot Pot – Ermita

Hundred Degree Hot Pot is an unlimited hotpot concept in Ermita that features a rotating conveyor belt with plates of ingredients for you to choose from. The Japanese style hotpot offers over a dozen types of fresh seafood and meats, vegetables, sides, as well as ready to eat buffet options like sushi and calamari. It’s the ideal place for a warm and filling meal.

Recommended Dish: Enjoy your hotpot with their fresh crabs!

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South Drive, Area 2 Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila
(02) 251-8888 / (0915) 112-3456

Four Seasons Hot Pot – multiple branches

Four Seasons Hot Pot takes on the hot pot buffet concept, with a wide variety of vegetables, meat, seafood, broth and other toppings to choose from. Enjoy this great deal for only ₱688 for lunch and ₱888 for dinner during weekdays, ₱888 lunch and dinner during weekends. Read more here.

Recommended Dish: You should also try their Weekday Lunch & their Weekday Dinner!

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Shabonuki – Parañaque

Shabonuki cooks up a buffet experience like no other, as they serve up two all-time all-you-can-eat favorites! Enjoy a classic Korean BBQ meal or get straight into their Shabu-Shabu hotpot!

Recommended Dish: Ask for their 'signature sauce.' The recipe was devised by the owner of Shabonuki's parents! 
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283 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 962-0654 / (0915) 934-2379

One Pot – Pasay

This local Pasay favorite delivers a first-class hot pot experience. They serve premium beef, pork, and seafood options. They offer a wide selection of hotpot ingredients with 8 types of beef, 9 types of meatballs, 31 different vegetables, 8 types of noodles and more!

Recommended Dish: Their Szechuan Spicy Soup is a MUST TRY!
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G/F Shore Residences, Seaside Blvd cor Sunrise Dr, Pasay
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Day Don Don Don – multiple branches

Enjoy smokeless grilling, and premium all-you-can-eat servings of high quality beef, pork, and even shabu-shabu! Come out with a full stomach and a happy heart, minus that lingering KBBQ smell!

Recommended Dish: Try the Buffet + Unli Pork Samgyeopsal + Shabu Shabu + Beef Chadolbegi
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Healthy Shabu Shabu – multiple branches

When it comes to shabu-shabu, this classic restaurant always makes the list. Healthy Shabu Shabu offers a variety of healthy set meals like their beef strip loin set, lamb set, porkloin set, and more.

Recommended Dish: Try their Set Diamond (good for 4 pax) and serves Natural Angus Beef, King Prawn, Tuna Fillet, and Scallops!
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Leann’s Tea House – Quezon City

Run by a family of foodies and entrepreneurs, Leann’s Tea House gives you unforgettable sets for the ultimate KBBQ experience! Try their authentic Korean meals with their incredible grilled buffet and a la carte options.

Recommended Dish: You can also try their Hameul Pajeon & Bibimbap!
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105R Mother Ignacia St, South Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 411-8902

Hot Pot Session – Marikina

Located at the heart of Marikina City, this Shabu-Shabu restaurant is a must-try for any hotpot lover! They’ll give you an unlimited hot pot experience, with a wide selection of fresh ingredients!

Recommended Dish: Go crazy with all their unlimited items on the menu! 
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10 Lilac St, Concepcion Dos, Marikina
(02) 369-6130

Gogi Gogi – Quezon City

Are you two into good ol’ K-dramas? Reenact them all here. Gogi Gogi is an authentic and affordable Korean restaurant that you don’t want to miss. It’s one of Tomas Morato’s hidden gems and is perfect for when those Korean cravings kick in.

Recommended Dish: Unlimited samgyupsal and Korean shabu-shabu for only ₱499
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G/F Esguerra Plaza, Sgt. Esguerra Ave, South Triangle, Quezon City
(0917) 554-0801

Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo – multiple branches

Tsukada Nojo is a farm-to-table shabu-shabu brand originally from Japan and is known for its Bijin Nabe or golden chicken collagen hot pot. In fact, “Nojo” means farm and “Tsukada” is the name of their private farm in Miyazaki, Japan.

Recommended Dish: Tsukada Nojo also serves other popular Japanese dishes like Chicken Nanban and Onigiri.
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Shaburi – Uptown BGC

Shaburi is an all-you-can-eat healthy shabu-shabu brand from Japan that offers unlimited premium meats like wagyu beef, fresh seafood, organic vegetables and a selection of appetizers. Unlike other shabu shabu places, Shaburi offers each guest his/her own personal pot. Read more here.

Recommended Dish: Their beef gyudon melts in your mouth!
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Level 4, Uptown Place Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 805-2932 / (02) 978-2481 / (0917) 708-3930

Shabu Shabu Ichiban – multiple branches

Shabu Shabu Ichiban is a popular eat-all-you-can hotpot restaurant from Nagoya, Japan. “Ichiban,” also translating to ‘number one,’ is one of the newer shabu-shabu places that offers soup base options and unlimited servings of fresh seafood including meat, King crab, and snow crabs.  

Recommended Dish: Tempura, sushi, and other a la carte items are also available!
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Tong Yang – multiple branches

Tong Yang is known for having the “ultimate grill and hot pot experience.” You may choose from two options: shabu-shabu & grill buffet or shabu-shabu buffet only.

Recommended Dish: This is an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT concept! Go mad! 
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ALL 4 U – multiple branches

All 4 U is a Korean hotpot buffet restaurant where guests can enjoy unlimited grill and shabu-shabu.

Recommended Dish: Unlimited Grill & Shabu Shabu
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Gloria Maris – multiple branches

Gloria Maris is a long-standing fine dining institution known for their delicious and authentic Cantonese cuisine and dim sum offerings. Their hot pot area (also known as ‘Green Maris’) is a favorite among the Filipino-Chinese community that reside in the area.

Recommended Dish: For their hotpot options, you can choose between their beef brisket with tendons or their lamb brisket hotpot!
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Go! Kizip – multiple branches

Go! Kizip is a homegrown Korean restaurant that offers unlimited shabu shabu, side dishes, and vegetables along with your order of chosen meats. It’s become a favorite spot for night owls and late night cravings in the area so expect full tables even after midnight. Plus, they’re open 24 hours!

Recommended Dish: Try their Beef Brisket Shabu Shabu or their Short Rib Bone Less! 
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Desgo Hot Pot – Makati

This 24 hour hotpot restaurant gives a clean and laid back ambience, perfect for those late night munchies. You can order your Shabu-Shabu by halves, so you and your buddy can indulge in all the flavors!

Recommended Dish: Try their Hot and Spicy Style Shabu-Shabu to get the right amount of kick! 
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G/F, Victoria de Makati, Washington St cor Dela Rosa St, Legaspi Village, Makati
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Ping Yang Hot Pot & Dimsum Restaurant – Malate

This childhood favorite may give you, possibly the best Shabu-Shabu in town! The restaurant is always packed with people, a true testament that their delicious food lasts for generations!

Recommended Dish: Their dumplings are a must-try!
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556 M Adriatico St, Malate, Manila
(02) 525-7191

Yue Lai Seafood and Hotpot Restaurant – Malate

Setup like your typical Chinese restaurant with their large, circle tables and aquariums of fish– Yue Lai Seafood and Hotpot Restaurant gives you large servings for an affordable price. Satisfy you and your family with their homely dishes and perfected classics!

Recommended Dish: You can also try their Fried Oyster Cake or Crispy Pork with Raspberry Sauce! 
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1668 A Mabini St, Malate, Manila
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