So the place was shocking, yet it produced a stream of students and had customers often every night. Why? Perhaps because it offered hotpot at the cheap but what you're coming for is the real deal super mega hot chilli broth, handmade noodles, wontons with no ambient frills attached.
Once the broth boils and bubbles away you can start plonking in your desired ingredients, some items like wontons and dumplings need to be submerged for a while so we put them in first and wait until they rise up to the top. Often we start with the sliced meats, then the dumplings and the noodles and vegetables are given a flash bath before eating them at almost al dente.
Another spicy dish separate to the hotpot menu is the above "special combination" thingy which I've since forgotten the specifics, but it's a combination of meats (pretty certain there may be tripe included, but nothing else too extreme, I'd hope) and with a spiced up sesame sauce that is so addictive.
Shancheng Hot Pot King