Pepper and bean paste are two of the key ingredients in Chongqing cuisine. There are different levels of spiciness, but the one that the locals go for is mind-blowingly hot and very appetizing. The concept of a hotpot is such that each dinner group sits together at a table, cooking vegetables and meat in the spicy hot pot of soup that is kept simmering. This communal dining experience has caught on at many places outside Chongqing as well, but it is best sampled in its hometown. Restaurants are usually open until 22:00.