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5 Collagen hotpots that may help you look more beautiful

by: Vanshika Grey
28 Mar 2019

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so they say. Beauty may also be in the stomach of the eater of certain “beauty pot” hotpot dishes, which according to these restaurants leads to becoming more beautiful with clear and youthful skin.

The beauty pot, a collision of appearance and food, usually has a fish, chicken or beef broth base, chock full of collagen. Collagen plays a vital role in the making of connective tissues and skin, and while it's not proven whether ingesting collagen will help in producing more, many people swear by it. In basic terms this broth can apparently help your skin look brighter, clearer and younger.

Here are a few hotpot hot spots (hehe) in Hong Kong to get your skin glowing.
 
Tsukado Nojo
Tsukado Nojo first branch in Hong Kong is famous for its signature Bijin Nabe, a thick golden collagen-rich chicken stock loved by many. The dish comes with a two-tier stand containing vegetables and boiled chicken.  Shop OTE 202, Level 2, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; 2467 0777; www.facebook.com/TSUKADA.NOJO.HongKong/

Kappo Ro Ann
Kappo Ro Ann has a very special Beef intestine hotpot packed with collagen. The hotpot has beef tripe and intestines served along with burdock root, bean sprout, and cabbage in a traditional soy sauce base. There is also added chilli, garlic and chives to remove any unpleasant taste from the intestines. Finished with Inaniwa udon cooked in the remaining soup for the best taste experience. Shop 2801, 28/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2818 0031; roann-hk.com
The Drunken Pot
The Fish maw and chicken with Chinese medicine at the Drunken Pot is thought by fans to be good for both the stomach and skin. The broth is a perfect base for any of the varied selection of ingredients you can order to be cooked inside the “health” pot. The Drunken Pot, 27/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 2323 7098; thedrunkenpot.com

Nabe Urawa
Nabe Urawa specialises in a collagen rich Pork bone soup paired with premium meats and vegetables. Appeals to those looking for a Japanese touch and bold base. Shop L1404-1405, 14/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay; 2652 0008; facebook.com/NabeUrawa/

Obihiro Hageten
Obihiro Hageten has changing hotpots for the seasons that focus squarely on collagen. Often standing out from the crowd, personal favourites both feature soy milk. Wagyu soy milk with collagen hotpot and the Chicken soy milk with collagen hotpot. Both have a collagen-rich soy milk base, and an assortment of vegetables including mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and leeks, can be ordered. Bouncy ramen is added at the end of the meal to go with any remaining broth, allowing diners to savour the creaminess of the soup to the last drop. The chicken option highlights Japanese chicken thighs for a wholesome dish rich in chicken flavour. Shop 2103-05, L2, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2196 8310; facebook.com/obihirohagetenhk