Chinese in Berlin: Hot Spot

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Mapo Tofu, without meat.

When I had a Sichuan dish for the first time, I was entirely confused – it was way too spicy for my palate and evoked an unsettling sour taste in my mouth and yet it was so delicious, I just couldn’t stop eating it. Months later, I learned about Sichuan pepper, which is actually not a pepper, but much closer related to the citrus group, hence the lemonlike or acidic taste and started to understand the wonders of Chinese cooking. One of my favorite Sichuan dishes is Mapo Tofu (although it is still rather painful to eat, but still so enjoyable, you know… a dilemma!), which is why I was beyond excited to see that Hot Spot, a Chinese restaurant in Wilmersdorf that I’ve heard so many people raving about, has a vegetarian version on the menu. And so much more…

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Chicken Gongbao (12,90 Euro)

As said, Hot Spot came up dozens of times when I asked friends what their favorite Chinese restaurant in Berlin was. It is, of course, located out West, almost at the rear end of Kurfürstendamm. When I first entered it I was almost surprised about the rather minimalist interior, foregoing on most of the colorful decor and heavy furniture one’s used to from Chinese restaurants in Germany. Hot Spot rather presents its huge selection of European wine, especially German Riesling, also unusual, and some quirky posters with Chinese motifs.

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Salted pork belly

The menu is big, featuring such dainty sounding dishes like braised lion’s heads (13,90 Euro) or salted pork belly (13,00 Euro), smoked green tea duck (17,90 Euro) and, as mentioned, Mapo Tofu. Originally a dish combining tofu and minced pork meat cooked with beans, chili and sichuan pepper, Hot Spot offers it without the meat (as well as with, 12.00 Euro each). Something that sounds so simple, but can be surprisingly hard to find – in case you know other places, let me know! Anyhow, I loved it. It’s marked with three chilis (the menu goes up to four, just so you know) and is as numbing as Sichuan-cuisine-fans will like it. Numbing? Yes, that’s actually the word used to describe the effect of Sichuan food. I was confused too, at first, but once you get used to it, you won’t be able to stop. It’s such an usual taste.

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Pickled cucumbers on the vegetarian starter’s plate.

Hot Spot
Eisenzahnstraße 66
10709 Berlin Wilmersdorf

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Subway: Adenauer Platz
+49 30 89006878
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Opening Hours:
daily 12:00–23:00

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  1. Charisma on

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    Ma po tofu is my absolute fav! Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. karlos on

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    Really great spot. The food was amazingly good. Thanks for sharing :)

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