There are two main types of hotpot in China: the ridiculously spicy one that comes from the fire-breathing southwestern city of Chongqing, and the milder version which is cooked in an unusual conical brass pot and which originally hails from Mongolia, but has been adopted as a Beijing speciality.
Yang Fang’s is a salt-of-the-earth version of the latter, and is a real favourite with the locals round here.
First order the broth you want in your pot – clear, or spicy. Then choose your dipping sauce before finally selecting the raw ingredients you want to cook.
After that it’s just like eating a European fondue, only with less cheese and more lamb.
270 Gulou Dongdajie
Gulou Dajie (1.5km)