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16 Aug, 2009

Red N Hot (红满天)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food|United Kingdom

After a delayed long bus journey, we arrived at Manchester city centre. After checking in the hotel, we make our way to Chinatown to have our dinner.

Out of our expectation, the Chinatown in Manchester is larger than we have in mind, which means more choices for food!

After spending some time checking out menus of some restaurants, we decided that we would have Szechuan cuisine for the night. Hence, we chose Red N Hot Szechuan restaurant.

The interior of the restaurant was comfortable, modern, spacious and quiet.

From the left, we had a plum juice (酸梅汁) and an aloe vera drink (芦荟) priced at £2 and £1.80 each. The plum juice was very good, it provided a cure for the fiery meal that we had and possessed a sense of Chinese herbal tea which we missed a lot.

We had a jellyfish with bean sprouts (银芽海蜇) as our appetiser. Priced at £8.50, the starter was rather pricey but generously served with loads of fresh jellyfish topped with sesame seeds. It was quite different from the Japanese version, where Chinese vinegar was used for this dish. The jellyfish, when eaten with the bean sprouts, were crunchy and tasty, definitely a good start!

Since we haven’t had hot pot for ages, we decided to have their hot pot buffet, priced at £18 per person. For the soup base, we had the combination of soup bases (鸳鸯锅底) which includes the white soup base and the hot chicken soup base. The hot soup is completely covered with chilies, which triggered our excitement!

As for the ingredients, we are able to choose from the 16 options stated in the menu. We had a plate of thinly sliced lamb (肥羊).

The serving of the lamb slices were surprisingly large! The lamb were wonderfully delicious after soaking the spicy broth, they were so fresh and meaty. Tasted even better when dipped in the Szechuan garlic dipping (川味油碟) which they provided. Definitely something that you should not miss if you’re having hot pot in this restaurant!

We also had some Chinese leaves (白菜), fresh chicken meat (鸡肉), dried bean curd sticks (腐竹) and golden needle mushrooms (金针菇). The dried bean curd sticks, when cooked in the spicy soup, tasted extremely spicy, do challenge it if you’re after hot food!

Other than that, we also had fish balls (鱼丸), luncheon meat (午餐肉), king prawns (明虾), spinach (菠菜) and bean curd (豆腐). The king prawns were fresh, large, succulent and delicious, another item that we highly recommend to order! All ingredients are very fresh, the quality of food is definitely guaranteed.

We were so full after dinner that we find it really hard to make our way back to the hotel. Service was a little below average. But fortunately the quality of the food is worth a revisit! Other than hot pot buffet, the restaurant also offers a variety of Szechuan dishes which we would love to return for. For more information and their complete menu, please check out their official website here.

Restaurant Information
56 Faulkner Street,
Manchester M1 4FH,
United Kingdom.
Tel: 01612362650

23 Responses to "Red N Hot (红满天)"

1 | J2Kfm

August 17th, 2009 at 12:21 am


one look at all those chillies and szechuan pepper … and i'm sweating all the way from here.
hahaha..still rmbr my 1st exp with those dastardly addictive peppers,
and breathing fire from both ends! :)

2 | SimpleGirl

August 17th, 2009 at 12:49 am


fiery chillies floating on the soup…my gosh!!! should b super exciting experience haha….

3 | Selba

August 17th, 2009 at 1:01 am


The hot pot certainly sounds very good. I haven't have the chinese version hot pot for almost 10 years, hehehe. Here in Indonesia, I don't think there's chinese hot pot, mostly are shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) or thai hot pot.

4 | Big Boys Oven

August 17th, 2009 at 1:12 am


Now you make me miss UK! bad bad! :)

5 | ck lam

August 17th, 2009 at 1:41 am


The lamb in the spicy broth looks good…can just imagine the warm of it.

6 | foodbin

August 17th, 2009 at 1:51 am


OMG so much red chillies!

7 | 花木兰

August 17th, 2009 at 2:13 am



8 | ai wei

August 17th, 2009 at 3:45 am


hahaha, u guys just can't get rid of the fiery hot pot. miss hot pot a lot there? eh, why dun try doing hot pot at home???

9 | ~Christine~Leng

August 17th, 2009 at 6:09 am


whoa.. look at the amount of chillies in that pot! I lost count @_@. Fired u guys up eh? ;P
18 pounds is kinda pricey.. but i wouldn't say so if I'm still in UK!! haha..

10 | ♥-wanyi-♥

August 17th, 2009 at 7:58 am



11 | Jean

August 17th, 2009 at 8:35 am


Love steamboat!
But the chili soup look s scary to me..=p

12 | superwilson

August 17th, 2009 at 10:22 am


saving my $$$ to go to China next year….

the hot pot looks spicy! my wife would love it!

13 | cariso

August 17th, 2009 at 1:17 pm


Adui! full of chillies, definitely no no for me! Ha! :)

14 | mimid3vils

August 18th, 2009 at 8:29 am


The dried chillies totally covered up the soup!!! Quite terrible looking eh… =.=''

15 | thenomadGourmand

August 19th, 2009 at 8:06 am


Cannot for me! ;p

16 | 佐瑟琳

August 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 pm



17 | 550ml jar of faith

August 24th, 2009 at 7:14 am


Hey isn't the weather a wee bit too steamy for hot pot now? But then again, no time's a bad time for chilly OD!

18 | ladyironchef

August 25th, 2009 at 12:06 pm


HELLO! long time no chat, never see u on msn! haha are u back in UK liao? :)

19 | fufu

August 26th, 2009 at 10:33 am


wow… manchester huuh?? cool! the food there look as good as those in china

20 | Hazza

August 26th, 2009 at 11:38 am


wah – come to Manchester should have called me la!
I have been to this place before. Left with my mouth completely numb after cooking my food in the spicy stock. Price is not bad for the quality of food you get. Just lacks a bit of variety and the potato noodles they gave us does not seem to cook at all.

21 | sock peng

August 27th, 2009 at 12:45 am



22 | Simon Seow

September 1st, 2009 at 3:14 am


OMG, look at the red hot chillies

23 | Sugar Bean

September 18th, 2009 at 3:24 pm


J2Kfm, haha! Your first experience sounded so spicy! Did you enjoy it? Yeah, the steamboat was really spicy, but we love the excitement! :)

Simplegirl, haha, very very exciting in fact. Love it, it was very delicious. But we can only have it once in a while. Our stomach couldn't stand the spiciness. Haha!

Selba, oo, perhaps you can hop over to Malaysia to have it. Hehe, there are quite some good ones in KL which we would recommend. :)

Big Boys Oven, haha, no worries. You can always come here for a vacation.

ck lam, the lamb which they served was really fresh and delicious. So good when cooked in the spicy soup, love it!

foodbin, haha, yup, the more the better! Haha!


ai wei, yeah, like you said, we just can't live without spicy food. We did try it at home, but one in a while, we still feel like dining out for steamboat. ^^

~Christine~Leng, haha, yeah, 18 pounds is quite expensive actually. But then we haven't had it for such a long time, missed it so much, so we decided to have it. Love the chillies! Haha!

♥-wanyi-♥, 呵呵,火锅也是我们的最爱。可以暖暖身体,我喜欢这种感觉。呵呵,我自己看到图片都饿了。

Jean, there are two types of soup base. If the spicy one is too hot for you, you can always have the clear soup. :)

superwilson, wow, I'm sure you'll be able to find really good and authentic ones in China. Haha, your wife will be really happy. ^^

cariso, hehe, fortunately you can always order 2 different types of soup bases, so you can have the clear soup. :)

mimid3vils, haha, not quite terrible looking to us, looks really exciting to us. Haha! Love it a lot. :)

thenomadGourmand, hehe, there are many other dishes which goes well with white rice which I think you can order if you're there, no worries!


550ml jar of faith, haha, we welcome hot food at anytime actually. Plus, the weather's not too hot when we were in Manchester. :)

ladyironchef, hi! Yeah, I'm back in the UK now. Haven't got access to the internet at home yet. Will catch up with you soon. ^^

fufu, yeah, the food served in this restaurant is really authentic. Love it!

Hazza, haha, we will call you next time if we happen to visit Manchester again. We did not try their potato noodles, too full to have noodles. Would revisit this place again, we love it!

sock peng, 嗯,最近比较忙,所以少更新,加上家里没有网。安装好了后会比较常更新。嗯,在英国找到喜欢的华人餐厅真的很开心。

Simon Seow, haha, doesn't that trigger your excitement? :)

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