In China, one of the more popular ways to dine out with friends is to hit a hot-pot restaurant. At these often raucous halls, you order a bubbling cauldron of broth — in Sichuan, it’ll be spicy; northerners tend to like milder lamb broth — and then dump in a progression of thin slices of fat-ribboned meat, vegetables, mushrooms, tofu and noodles. Once everything is cooked, you fish out a morsel with your chopsticks and dip it in a custom made dipping sauce or maybe some sesame paste, eat it and then start all over. It’s an interactive experience like fondue, and a good way to while away several hours. Here at The Bronze Empire, we bring the interactive experience to you with the most authentic flavors, freshest ingredients and knowledgeable staff to help make sure your visit to our restaurant is memorable, delicious and most importantly, fun!
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Hot pot originated during the Chinese Jin Dynasty where the main ingredient was meat, usually beef, mutton or horse meat. It then spread to Southern China during the Song Dynasty and was further established during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty. In time, regional variations developed with different ingredients such as seafood. By the Manchu Qing Dynasty (AD 1644 to 1912), hot pot became popular throughout most of Mainland China. Today in many modern Chinese homes, particularly in larger cities, the traditional coal or wood-heated steamboat or hot pot has been replaced by other fuel sources like electricity, propane, butane gas, or induction cooker versions.
"This communal, fondue-esque dining experience provides ample reason to linger at the table." CALLIE SUMLIN - 5280 Magazine
"Although a few other restaurants in town offer hot pots, the setup and presentation here make the restaurant unique in the city." — Westword Magazine
"There are other restaurants in — and around — Denver that serve hot pot, but the Bronze Empire takes the gold." — Lori Midson - The Denver Post