Liuyishou Hotpot (刘一手火锅) – Hot Pot in Vancouver

Liu Yi Shou Hot Pot has brought true hot pot nature to the Vancouver Yelp Elites today! From mesmerizing display of fresh meats and seafood to the articulate breakdown of their hot pot soup bases, I knew this was not like any ordinary hot pot feast!

The waygu beef (right) was the star of that night with its beautiful marbling. Even though I overcooked it because i kept forgetting about it, it still retained its luscious marbling through out the meat.

Soup base and Meat

Their Chinese herbal soup base has over 10 different herbal ingredients and 4 different mushroom varieties:

Wolfberry, longgan, Radix asparci, Red dates, Pilose laiabell Root, Shittake mushroom, licorice, Pilose asiabell root, Radix polygonati officinalis

Enoki Mushroom, Hypsizygus marmoreus, white button mushroom, cremini mushroom

The soup was silky, fragrant and rich which was perfect for non-spicy eaters and vegetarians.

The spicy soup was a challenge to eat because the constant boiling only concentrates the spiciness even more. However, I was still able to keep up with the spicy heat. This soup broth is also filled with various chillies and Chinese ingredients:

Ingredients: Fructus Tsaoko, Chinese Cinnamon, Bay leaf, chillies etc.

The beef and lamb slices were displayed beautifully on a circular wooden platter and the meat texture was above par from other Chinese grocery store offerings. However, it was difficult to tell how that compared to more upscale hot pot places like Dolar Shop.

Seafood & others

The Signature Fish Paste was fresh and had that bouncy and springy texture that comes with non-frozen fish paste.

The Assorted Balls were silky and delicious but it missed the bouncy/springy texture that hand pounded balls would have. I liked the mix in for the pork ball.

The Fresh Scallops only needed 2 minutes to be cooked and cooking it in the shell made sure I could find it before it overcooked!

Final thoughts

I definitely believe Liuyishou is a contender in the more refined and modern hot pot category but there are times where I question the difference especially in the meat category if I didn’t eat the Waygu cubes. The soup bases were definitely top notch and I appreciate the transparency with having all the ingredients shown to us. I see myself coming here for special occasions or treating myself!

Location:

1542 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C2

5507 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2G3

4731 Garden City Rd #150, Richmond, BC V6Y 1P9

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