Something’s brewing at the Hobbies of Asia Mall along Macapagal Avenue. It’s so hot you’d have to either walk in as soon as they open or make advanced reservations to get a whiff and a taste. Imagine all your favorite meats, seafood, vegetables, dimsum, and noodles sailing right beside your table… beckoning you to reach out and drop them in that bubbling hot pot of soup right in front of you. The best part is, you can eat-all-you-can and drink-all-you-can for as long as your tummy can hold all the yummy stuff in!When to go: KingOne opens at around 11am for lunch and 6pm for dinner. If you want to avail of their lowest hot pot rate, come in during lunch from Monday to Saturday and pay only P449 for an eat-all-you-can and drink-all-you-can feast. Sundays, holidays, and dinner time costs P499 for eat-all-you-can plus you’ll need to add P50 in order to avail of their drink-all-you-can deal.
What to eat: Before anything else, you will be asked to choose two combination soup bases for your hot pot as the pot is divided into two sections. There are six kinds available: Satay Soup, Century Egg Wansoy Soup, Spicy Szechuan Soup, Plain Soup, Hong Kong Curry Soup, and Korean Kimchi Soup. The server will fill up your pot and you will be handed a checklist of over 90 ingredients for your soup which you will tick and they will serve. You can also just take plates of ingredients off the conveyor belt to put straight in your pot.
The most popular hot pot ingredients include US Fat Beef, Mozzarella Balls, Imported Lamb, Watercress, Prawns, and Fresh Scallops. You may not be able to imagine Mozzarella Balls in your hot pot, but it’s actually something like fish balls filled with gooey cheese and it works! It’s so in-demand that they run out of it at times. You also get a free short order dish for every two eat-all-you-can meals availed. The Free Short Order list changes every 2-3 days, but it usually includes Spare Ribs Salt and Pepper, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Oyster Cake, and other Chinese-style dishes. The Drink-All-You-Can list has everything from regular iced tea to jelly shakes, fruit tea drinks, and fresh fruit shakes.
The Scene: As soon as the doors open, customers start filtering in and it’s a full house shortly after. The crowd is comprised mostly of orientals, predominantly Korean and Chinese. KingOne is perfect for big groups or barkada outings since you can eat and talk for as long as you can handle all the food and drinks. There’s no dress code and the atmosphere is very informal. It’s not really a date place since your clothes end up smelling like food afterwards.
Insider Tips: Although there is no limit to the food you can cook and eat, KingOne charges P100 per head for leftovers. It’s best to make sure that you can actually finish what you reach for. You can also change drinks in between refills should you want to try something else. They don’t allow take out.
KingOne Rotary Hot Pot
M2-A Lower Hobbies of Asia
#8 Macapagal Ave., Pasay City
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