Taiwanese Wagyu Beef & Seafood Hotpot — Travel, Eat, Repeat

– [Iz] It’s brunch time and
we’re here at Din Tai Fung. This is the restaurant
that put Taiwanese food on the map and there’s good reason why. They’re known specifically
for their soup dumplings but honestly anything
you get here is gonna be out of this world. This place is like a food factory. The efficiency is unreal. Everything is served so fresh and the attention to
detail is exceptional. Wow! They still are the best soup dumplings I’ve ever had in my life. The outer is just like paper thin. The meat is so tender and the broth inside are just packed with flavor. And having fresh vegetable
dishes to go alongside, it enhances the experience. You can have something super savory and then something slightly sweet. And these cucumbers with chile oil, I might name my first kid after them. I already had one but I might rename him. – I’m doing kid chopsticks. – [Johnny] Okay, show me how you do it. – We’re going to head out and do a hike in the national park here. Oh no, dumpling down! Then we’re going to take on hot pot. Taiwan has a specific way of doing it, and I’m really excited to
see what that’s all about. There’s a dish that unites
almost all of East Asia. It’s more of a method or even a ritual. Put a pot of boiling broth
in the middle of the table, gather a bunch of ingredients, and create your own adventure. Here in Taiwan, they have
their own riff on the format. Pulling nearly equally from both Chinese and Japanese influences, hot pot in Taipei is a unique blend of tradition and innovation, and it’s one I am
excited and eager to try. – [Johnny] Run to the car. Run, run, run. – We’ve got snacks. We’ve got hikes. We are all ready to go. This is out of this world, I’ve never seen anything like it. There is volcanic geothermal
energy everywhere, so it’s just super steamy
and foggy and magical. It’s wild. So green, so lush. Let’s explore. This is stunning. It is so beautifully kept. It was completely stroller accessible. The texture of the trees is very different than anything I’ve seen, the mistiness, and it’s just such a
nice escape for the kids to be able to run around. I can’t recommend this enough. And it’s just 45 minutes
outside of the city. What? We’re now like in the middle of a cloud. The traditional way to end a hike here is the foot hot springs. So we’re going to go do that and it’s going to be amazing. – [Johnny] Not too fast! – [Iz] Everyone’s just here
at the end of their day, at the end of their hikes
to just soak, relax, rest. I don’t think the kids
interrupted it too much. They kind of did. (laughs) But it’s fine, it still was really great. It’s time for hot pot. We’re here at the Addiction
Aquatic Development and we ditched the kids and
we’re going to have a date. This place is wild. You walk in and it’s like a full market. They’re making sushi,
there’s wine, there’s beer, there’s cheese, there’s a flower shop. Upstairs is where the hot pot is. We’re going to order the seafood deluxe, which I’m really excited
about because that’s what Taiwanese hot pot is all about. And then we’re going to
throw in some wagyu beef because that’s very
specific to shabu-shabu which is the more
Japanese-influenced hot pot. I’m very excited, I’ve never
done hot pot, let’s do it! Everything’s coming. We’re gonna start with these vegetables, the ones that take a bit longer to cook. Look, I’m a pro already! Then the corn. Look at that. Taiwanese hot pot has a
strong Japanese influence and is actually called shabu-shabu. What sets it apart is
this thinly cut beef. Shabu-shabu is literally translated to the “swish-swish” that you
get when you dip the broth briefly and just go back
and forth a few times and that’s what we’re going to do. That’s very good. It’s so thin, it’s really tender. And this peanut sauce goes
perfectly alongside it. Really good. – Very marbled, it’s just
incredibly melt-in-your-mouth even after just like
10 seconds in the pot. Crazy. – They just gave me the cooking
times for each of these. We have clams, prawns, no idea, crab, lobster I think, no idea, fish. The fish is almost done and
that means that this lobster was three minutes, so he
can probably come out. A big part of hot pot is this sauce. They have here like a citrus-y soy sauce. We’re going to try it with
a little bit of the crab. That is really good. The crab itself is incredibly sweet and cooked perfectly
if I do say so myself. Big ol’ piece of lobster. I have to say that one of the
things that’s really standing out to me is all of the
seafood I’ve had before and all of them taste much different than when I’ve had them previously. I think the cooking method,
the broth, the sauce, obviously all add but I really think it’s more about the method. Addiction Aquatic Center
gets a 10 out of 10, the national park gets a 10 out of 10, and the shabu-shabu was such
a special experience to have here in Taipei. I loved it. I loved it! Be sure not to miss the
next and final episode where we dive into the
art of handmade noodles.

100 comments on “Taiwanese Wagyu Beef & Seafood Hotpot — Travel, Eat, Repeat”

  1. Shatrunjay says:

    Yay! Made my day just a bit better 🙂

  2. Marco Liu says:

    Taiwa is best destination for a spiritual trip with people you love. And you will find people who loves you too.

  3. LUCI PAW says:

    shabu shabu

  4. Iz Harris says:

    Thank you so much for watching! The four of us loved every bit of Taiwan, but I have to say the Addiction Aquatic Center & that hike were high up there on our top experiences. If you haven’t already—make sure to check out episodes 1 & 2! They're equally as delicious and fun!

  5. Hotsaucedeluxe says:


  6. Ragnarok043 says:

    Iz and family are just so wonderful

  7. Tom Fox says:


  8. Will C says:

    love this series! amazing family~ keep it up!

  9. Eric Chia Yuan Hsu says:

    What a great honor to see you guys enjoy my hometown! Hope Taiwan did bring you an unforgettable experience 😊😊😊

  10. cirquemedia says:

    This chick is so annoying.

  11. Marty D says:


  12. Bali Dhanaula says:

    I am always waiting your video. Only 6 mint video . Feelings so bad.

  13. Two Get Outside says:

    Honestly we only watch eater for Iz Harris..Her editing and personality is out of this world. You guys should either just have her tour the world to show us food everywhere or just have her be in charge of editing the other videos on this channel as well! Keep crushing it Iz!

  14. Michael Kwan says:

    The citrusy soy sauce was probably ponzu. So happy you had a great experience. That's some high end hot pot right there. 🙂

  15. David Chang says:

    "I've never done hotpot." 😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲

    So glad that that's now fixed!!!!

  16. Melissa Govender says:

    Way too short videos.

  17. Maiku says:

    omg! i've been waiting for this! so excited about this episode!

  18. GT says:

    Wish this series came out back in April when I was in tw. I did most of the stuff you listed but we decided not to do the addicted aquatic development and now I think I missed out 😭

  19. Colleen Patrick says:

    I want to try all these dishes.

  20. cpunching says:

    Would like to see waaaay less of the kids. Unfortunately not interested in that part of the host's personal life, and more interested in the food parts. Sad that there wasn't a lot of footage of the soup dumplings, or specifics. Also, it just creeps me out a bit that you're basically monetizing your children before they even have the ability to consent to something like being featured on a show.

  21. Ken Tseng says:

    I literally can't thank you enough to make such great video about Taiwanese foods and scenery, love you and thank you Iz!

  22. Alex the Brewmage says:

    This was sooooo gooood Iz! But darn, am I hungry now!!!

  23. Starving Rtist says:

    Another amazing episode! You should just stay in Taiwan longer and cover all the regional specials.

  24. John Conklin says:

    Really have enjoyed this series and hope they're be others.

  25. Wilkin’s D—Вилкин Chyrmang—Чирманг says:

    Yum so hungry 😋

  26. jake La Forge says:

    Am i the only one wondering where you get those awesome glasses from? 🤔🤔

  27. frozenfire2nd says:

    Continue the series!

  28. Jacqueline Tan says:

    when the dumpling plushie dropped – i screamed, AH!

  29. bob smith says:


  30. Jessa Kabingue says:

    Good job, Iz and family!! 😍

  31. Unchangingtask says:

    can johnny do a border episode on Taiwan – they have some outlying islands that would be great to talk about

  32. Kai-Tung YU says:

    I am a taiwanese myself, going to college in the US, and this video… just makes me drool. like I miss the food so much (p.s. The dim tai fun soup dumpling isn't really a taiwanese dish? idk but I feel like its more of a ShangHai Dish, but the best soup dumpling in my opinion, is the Wuxi Soup Dumping, maybe just a personal preference but idk)

  33. Joey Knouse says:

    Them eyebrows on fleek doe

  34. Thrustin Von Helmut says:

    Lots of talk, but she says very little. How did she get this gig? Guess her husband pulled some strings.

  35. me says:

    Should never waste wagyu in a fucken hotpot, hotpot is garbage and overrated

  36. Steve B says:

    Watch out for Tapei vipers. Lol

  37. T. Anderson says:

    Your videos are so amazing! I love them!!!

  38. daijiro says:

    This series’s is next level

  39. 牧野空 says:

    I'm a Taiwanese and really enjoying your video, welcome to Taiwan 🙂

  40. 屁理屈捏太郎 says:

    Why on earth do you report Japanese cuisine in Taiwan? It's kinda rude to Taiwanese people.

  41. Patty Hsieh says:

    Glad you enjoyed your first hotpot!! looks yum!

  42. Will Forsrt says:

    hope u enjoy ur trip . very nice video.

  43. Teangteang Channel says:


  44. kwxj61b says:

    Ah, isn't shabu shabu is individual hotpot….that's plain chinese hotpot where everyone join in.

  45. KARF FASHION says:


  46. Ben Wu says:

    You gotta try hot pot with traditional sauce combo with a raw egg!

  47. Justin Snider says:

    Loved Taipei so much! Addiction Aquatic was one of our favorite places. I had never seen a lobster swimming until I walked by one of the big tanks there.

  48. chermaine yeo says:

    Another great video by Iz!

  49. woolfel says:

    good thing I had dinner before watching this episode. I make hotpot in the winter for my family and it's always super sooothing

  50. seff4ever says:

    Thank you for telling the world about Taiwanese cuisine!!

  51. KAIJU MECHA says:

    There is no need to introduce how good Chinese food are, it’s always the best:)

  52. Kevin Buana says:

    wouldn't it be funny if when the camera pans to henry it says "cucumber with chilli oil" ??
    painful missed opportunity right there

  53. Levi Smith says:

    I’m confused as to what this is. Eater, you can do much better.

  54. ChicagoTurtle1 says:

    I’ve seen a few Eater videos with Iz… and I think this is the best one. The elated vibes she has from the lushness really transfers to me. Good job guys. I wonder if it’s also because you guys are wearing uniqlo jackets 😅 I have it too. It’s awesome.

  55. Darren Shelton says:

    Hey chicka, if you'd part your hair somewhere other then your opposing temple your hair might not land right in your face. Modern day combover is not the look momma bear!

  56. Chris McMahon says:

    I'm not much of a seafood eater but you just made us want to go and have some. Beautiful video. So professionally done.

  57. John Hwang says:

    The editing is just way too aggressive. Too many cuts, pretty dizzying

  58. Hugo Dimas says:

    i just know that Johnny Harris’ wife is actually work the same as him, yeah, a journalist. it’s like the dream come true to married someone who has the same interest as you, for real, isn’t it? hope that vox watch this and do a collab soon.

  59. Vanessa Barbosa says:

    Love you videos… great video quality, amazing editing, good choise of music and very good content. it's like i was there with you.

  60. SoiYa says:


  61. Johan Zhao says:

    Its not shabu shabu.its hotpot

  62. Ryu Lim says:

    Your brother deckard shaw is now hungry

  63. Hey Man says:

    Taiwan using Japanese meat
    Funny … this Chinese People

  64. M Mm says:

    Waw i with test it

  65. Wilburbruh says:

    Dang I’m just finding your different series really enjoy them

  66. Haruki Kurosawa says:

    The dipping sauce is sesame seed sauce, and ponzu(citric soy sauce)

  67. OsiagneSwojCel Official says:

    Hey cool video! Taiwan is very beautiful I see you like traveling like me! I will gladly add you as a subscriber and i waiting for your next movies, maybe I will learn something from your shots and you from mine. I invite you to my YouTube channel.

  68. Wagner wei says:


  69. baked beans in a can says:

    3:20 for the actual hotpot

  70. Khondker Rifat Hossain says:

    You guyz r living the life

  71. jojo 1998 says:

    So excited to see your video. I love hot pots and I am so hungry!! I can't wait to go home to eat it.

  72. Alex Norton says:

    Nppyghyytffyyyuyhyfffypy pgpftftuffptuhufbyhfpftythuffgyfgftfghpyffpffhuffhpffphtp tyutfpfphpygpfhppfpf

  73. William f says:

    Taiwan is so damn great!

  74. Oliver Liu says:

    The host is too cute

  75. Adam Stehley says:

    shabu shabu has a strong japanese influence •literally comes from japan•

  76. SKobiBeef says:

    Thank you so much for the beautiful highlights of Taiwan

  77. Jason Chiang says:

    If you go to ding tai fung in Taiwan then you’re a dumbass or a tourist

  78. hoku51 says:

    Love all your videos and your family has fun with you on these adventures. Awesome.

  79. Big baga says:

    You are so cruel to make me feel starving and my mouth become watering again and again…
    Great film shooting!!

  80. Claire Yichin Chen says:

    四川 people show me their hotspot proud! But only in Taiwan you can haven seafood all you can eat with Hot Pot!

  81. Marco Dias says:

    It's crazy, you have time to travel in Taiwan, and play in Hobbs & Shaw.

  82. ktouche says:

    Izzy is literally the Master of her trade. You couldn't have chosen a better blogger filmmaker

  83. Tommy Chang says:

    Thanks for fiming a so stunning video of view of Taiwan.

  84. Jocelyn Ko says:

    I truly love how your voice comes thought this vlog and editing are amazingly done! Thank you for introducing Taiwan in such a beautiful way.

  85. Sascha Pallenberg says:

    There's a reason why I live in Taipei for more than 10 years now. Food! 🙂

  86. Ivan Wang says:

    鼎泰豐 One of the best restaurant in Taiwan!

  87. AIMAN LOKMAN says:

    Shes beautiful !!

  88. Verne Fits says:

    You are awesome thanks for sharing

  89. astroboy2345 says:

    The secret to AAD is their ingredients. The quality of seafood that you get probably rival some of the best restaurant in Japan. (It comes from the same sources). Same level ingredient in Japanese restaurant in US are probably only found in major cities such as LA or NYC and will cost about 5X as much per person.

  90. 傅俊鈺 says:


  91. Jake Lim says:

    Nice video! Loved the drone shots. What broth did you have with the hotpot at the end?

  92. Brian Chu says:

    best travel videos on Taiwan I have ever seen!

  93. milikoshki says:

    I also do kid chopsticks

  94. B S says:

    Taiwanese food so good in the world

  95. KARMA_ says:

    That 'stop watch cookin'g made me smile

  96. dink dink says:

    Nice video

  97. Jennifer Smith says:

    no wonder you have such a fat ass

  98. HC Wu says:

    Eat more haha

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