Chili Hot Pot
By YP Contributor

Starting from Scratch

Francis Chan started learning how to cook at the young age of 13, by working as an apprentice for a head chef at a restaurant in his homeland, Hong Kong. “There were no culinary schools back in the day,” says Francis. “You could only learn by experience, working with the food and using trial and error to improve your skill level.” Francis began his culinary journey by first learning basic skills; getting the ingredients ready, learning how to finely and delicately chop food, preparing soup from scratch and cooking rice. “The restaurant had many different departments – dim sum, stir fry, you name it. I went through all of the departments and perfected my cooking skills by watching and then by doing,” says Francis.

For a long time, Francis wanted to open his own restaurant. More than 30 years ago, he moved to Canada to pursue his dream.  After opening a few restaurants over the last several years, he opened Chili Hot Pot Chinese Restaurant in October 2013. In addition to owning the restaurant, he also currently works there as the head chef.

We ask all our customers about their allergies, their likes and their dislikes. If they have trouble cooking or making the sauces, we are there to help them. We want our customers to be fully satisfied when they leave the restaurant. - Francis Chan, head chef and co-owner
Chili Hot Pot is a Chinese restaurant owned by well-known Hong Kong chef Francisco Chen
Chili Hot Pot provides more than 100 ingredients, plus homemade broths, for customers to create their own hot pot meal

You’re the Chef

Today, Francis has more than 40 years of culinary experience and is somewhat of a celebrity among the local Edmonton community for his unmatchable skills as a chef. His restaurant, Chili Hot Pot, serves original, unique Chinese cuisine that you can cook at the table yourself. With more than 100 fresh, healthy ingredients and various types of mouthwatering, homemade broth, the customer has the ability to create their own recipe from the existing items on the menu.

“All of our food is made fresh daily with local and imported produce, and is completely MSG and preservative-free,” says Francis. They also understand that many customers may not have experienced hot pot before. “We ask all our customers about their allergies, their likes and their dislikes. If they have trouble cooking or making the sauces, we are there to help them. We want our customers to be fully satisfied when they leave the restaurant,” he says.

Chili Hot Pot offers gluten-free and vegetarian hot pot options
Chili Hot Pot allows customers to pick what they want to cook, plus which type of broth, and they cook it at their own table

Hot Pot on the Rise

Presently, hot pot is becoming a popular trend in Edmonton, particularly amongst the young adult population, and is only continuing to rise. “In a city that has a very long and cold winter, Chili Hot Pot is the place to keep you warm,” says Francis. “It’s a great place to socialize, customers usually end up staying for a couple of hours, at least.” Some of their most popular dishes include their spicy soups, spring rolls, onion cakes, shrimp dumplings, ginger rice and their famous homemade meatballs. But, whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free or have any existing food allergies, Chili Hot Pot ensures there is something on their menu for every customer that walks into the restaurant.

Chili Hot Pot is located on the south side of Edmonton, just off of Whyte Avenue
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