Chinese Hotpot



Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustartor
Adobe Photoshop
Google Slide
UX / UI Design
Time Period
Spring 2021


This is a website about the origin of hot pot, about the story of hot
pot. I would choose the top 5 famous regional hot pots in China. Their
historical development or the historical story is hidden in it. Each
area's hot pot has its own history.


People who do not know Chinese culture to better understand
the historical story behind hotpot.

Design Goal

Nowadays, people like all kinds of hot pots, but do they
really know the historical story of hot pots? About this
website that can help people to understand more about
Chinese hot pot history.





Unique Positioning Statement

For hotpot lovers and history lovers, the historical story behind the food is even more compelling. You go back to ancient dynasties to explore their ideas and stories about hot pot. How did they start? Hotpot is more interactive and solely focuses on Chinese hotpot. It also has the option for the audience to participate in the survey and search for which hotpot history they want to know.


Some historical stories, though, can't be fully proven by science. Through this project, customers can have a better understanding of the history of Chinese hot pots. In addition, customers can learn how to enhance the experience while eating.

Fun Experience

Doing a survey can be tedious. In this project, I want to explore ways to search the history experience more enjoyable.




To begin with, I found some statistics online.

Target Audience

Market Summary 1

  • Most people prefer to eat hot pot in winter because it can feel warm.

  • 40.2 percent of Chinese usually eat hot pot with friends, while 17.6 percent use the occasion for a family reunion.

  • 20.4% and 14.6 % are focused on cuisine from Sichuan province and Chongqing.

Market Summary 2

  • Number of hot pot restaurants in China in 2013 and 2017 with a forecast for 2022.

  • In 2017, China had around 300 thousand hot pot restaurants nationwide. About 13,000 new hot pot restaurants opened that year. Hot pot is a traditional Chinese cooking method of mixing various ingredients in boiling broth at the dining table.

Market Summary 3

  • The hot pot sector alone swallowed up over 20 percent of market share in China's catering sector last year.

  • The hot pot industry exceeded 870 billion yuan (US$125.7 billion) in sales revenue in 2018.

  • The hot pot market could rocket to around 960 billion yuan by the end of 2019.

  • There were 516,000 hot pot restaurants in the country by the third quarter of 2019, growing rapidly by 11.6 percent year-on-year.


Based on my research, I conducted a competitor analysis to understand what are the existing market is offering to their customers and what might be missing from them.

Yelp is a business review website, founded in 2004, including businesses in restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, and other fields. Users can score merchants submit comments and exchange shopping experiences on the Yelp website.

Haidilao, founded in 1994, is a hot pot shop mainly engaged in Sichuan style hot pot, which integrates local hot pot characteristics.

Ximalaya, a listening software. Professional audio sharing platform, a collection of audio novels, historical stories, and other hundreds of millions
of audio.

User Interview

I have had three interviews with users. I asked them questions regarding what they wished to see Chinese hot pot info and their hot pot eating habits.


- She knows a little bit history about Chinese hot pot
- She doesn't like spicy hot pot


- She is not very familiar with the history of hot pot.
- She likes to eat spicy hot pot


- She doesn't know much about the historical background of hot pot
- She prefers tomato pot, chicken soup, seafood soup. Occasionally, she eats spicy hot pot.


After combining all my research findings, I have developed 2 personas (Mario, Tina ) to define users challenges and goals. They are essential for me to identify user needs and make design decisions.


Based on my findings, I recognized the customers' needs for:


Hot pot History

A website with a complete and relevant historical background of five popular flavors of Chinese hot pot.


Legend Story

Legend stories may appeal to more
people's attention and have finishing reading stories motivation.


Local Restaurant

Providing local authentic hot pot restaurants can attract many customers to taste.



IA Map

To get a general representation of my website, I have drawn out an IA map. This can help me understand the flow and features of my website easier.

User Story + User Flow

After defining the key features of my website, I have created 3 user flows and user stories to examine the history articles, use timelines and find
local authentic restaurants.




-Bold 24px/12px





user testing

I then began to sketch out the wireframes for my project and began my user testing with classmates. I did a total of six user testing on Zoom.


Here are some key feedbacks that I got from my user testing on
my low-fi wireframes:

TASK summary

  • Navigation has history and timeline, these two options
    makes confusing.

  • May try to fix make these two columns the same height size.

  • Making quiz button smaller.


Based on the feedback I received, I then came up with a med-fi wireframe. I started to add something new and also came up with some new ideas. Making the website more enjoyable. I did a few more user testing on the new wireframes. Here are some key takeaways:

Task 1

  • The location option can be inside the history page. May combine location and history.

  • Putting relevant landmarks on the
    relevant timeline.

Task 2

  • Perhaps only put five different hot pot
    regions landmarks.

  • Don't have to repeat the quiz icon on
    this page.

Task 3

  • Don't need these two icons on the lower right side. There already shown on the left side.

  • Prefer to keep location and timeline
    on navigation.





One of the region flavor hot pot section

  • Users are easy to change location
  • Users can find legend stories and some relevant restaurants
  • Users can easily find the history story behind hot pot

Hot pot timeline

  • Users can able choose which region's hot pots history they want to know
  • Users can use a timeline map to easily understand which history dynamic year


Here is the interactive prototype that I created using Figma, and then, each user flow have each prototype.

Prototype 1

Prototype 2

Prototype 3




The Top 5 Chinese hot pot website is done! In the future, there may be a chance for the website to collect more Chinese hot pot history, which hot pots are also very popular in other Chinese regions. More considerations can be taken in for the history page flows; perhaps there can be more interactions between users.


  • History of Hot Pot Development
  • The history of hot pot
  • Chinese Hot pot: a Communal Food Culture
  • Where did the hot pot come from

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