David’s Master Pot (Swanston Street), Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | David’s Master Pot is one of my favourite place for Sichuan hot pot, or more specifically, malatang, in Melbourne. They’re celebrating their first birthday this month, and have switched things up a bit to celebrate.

The signature broth infuses 20 different stir fried Chinese herbs and spices in pork bone broth and a chilli oil mix for 12 hours, for an authentic Sichuan experience. The recipe has been tweaked to reduce the oiliness, without compromising on flavour.

What’s the difference between hot pot and malatang? The former is made to order and shared by diners at a table, while the latter is more of a street food in China. You choose a broth and what ingredients you want to add and enjoy it on the spot or to go.

You can select over 100 fresh ingredients, and four soup bases (Signature Spicy Soup, Pork Bone Soup, Golden Pickled Soup and Vegan Tomato Soup) and two stir-fry options (Signature Stir-Fry Spicy Pot and Sichuan Spicy Dry Pot). You can adjust the spice levels from anywhere between mild to super hot.

David’s also offer a selection of Sichuan snacks like brown sugar rice cake, fried pork belly, and spicy pork brains and intestines.

As part of the birthday celebrations, from 16 to 21 December 2021, David’s are offering a selection of special set menus. Your choice of three Malatang sets (Beef, Vegetable and Seafood (500g) each, plus a non alcoholic drink for $18.99, and the addition of sichuan snacks for $5.00 extra.

David’s Master Pot (Swanston Street)

301 Swanston Street
Victoria 3000

Telephone: 0456 269 777
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sun: 11:30am to 12:00am

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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