Downtown Bellingham’s Newest Hot Spot: HotPoint & Tea Express

One of the newest additions to Bellingham’s downtown area is HotPoint & Tea Express. The business just opened its doors this week on Cornwall, next to I and Wife Thai Cuisine.

The restaurant serves cook-it-yourself style hot pot. Each seat has an electric stove built into the table, with controls for three levels of heat or to turn the stove on/off. Customers are brought pots of broth with cooked vegetables and meats, as well as trays of raw ingredients to cook themselves. You can add as much as you like to the broth, and cook it to your own taste.

Hot point sauces in carrier on counter

The basic options for hot pot include seafood, lamb with mushroom broth, korean kimchi, ad thai style taro soup. For an extra fee you can also add any extra ingredients, meat or vegetable, which are not included in the base soup. Every soup is priced at $10, which includes the broth, meats and vegetables, rice, and four kinds of sauces.

In addition to hot pot, HotPoint also serves a wide variety of tea, including bubble tea. Flavors include milk teas such as taro and melon, and traditional black and green teas. Boba, fruit jellies, and red beans can be added to any kind of tea as well.

hot point menu sign in red light

HotPoint’s owner, Sean, immigrated to the U.S. from the city of Qingdao (青岛), located on China’s central coastline. Sean first arrived in L.A. five years ago, where he discovered Chinese-style hot pot was incredibly popular. After a few years in SoCal heat Sean decided the weather in L.A. wasn’t to his taste, so he moved to Bellingham with the idea of opening his own place.

After several mishaps with contractors that cost him most of his money, Sean was finally ready to open for business this week. He currently operates with the help of several employees, although he prepares most of the food himself.

The HotPoint is currently operating during variable hours, so give them a call before heading in. Go check them out at 1204 Cornwall Ave, and then let us know about your experience in the comments!

Tobias Osterhaug

Tobias Osterhaug

Tobias is a full-time contributor to Bellingham Business News, covering local business events, tech news, and advice for job seekers in the Bellingham area. He graduated from Western Washington University with a double major in History and Chinese Language & Cultural Studies, and has previously worked as a coordinator in Western’s Writing Center.


  1. gayle
    February 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    The article says open every day and it is not!!! It is closed on Sundays as I just drove there after reading your article

  2. February 8, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Gayle!
    My apologies for the misinformation. At the time I visited them their posted hours were every day. Because the restaurant is so new, it’s possible that their hours may be subject to change for the near future. I would recommend anyone planning to visit there in the near future to call beforehand, just in case.
    Thanks for letting us know!

  3. Anne
    February 9, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    This place has potential to be good. It was very obvious that they had just opened. No one there seemed to know what things were or what was going on… Also I would highly recommend that they bring out everything they would normally put in the pot, on a plate. If they just brought out the broth and the person added the ingredients they wanted it would have been way better, I’m not a fan of not knowing what’s in my food and there were plenty of surprises.

  4. February 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Anne!
    Thanks for commenting! I think that’s great advice for a business just starting out. I’m sure they’d love to hear it!

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