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Sichuan Hot Pot in the Boston/Cambridge area?

jacquelinec Oct 11, 2006 08:50 AM

Looking for another hot pot option (besides Shabu Zen and Kaze) thought the Improper noted one in Cambridge but am at a loss to find it now...

  1. kobuta Dec 18, 2006 08:41 PM

    Basically, it's a cook-as-you-go style of eating. Most of the new restaurants have a "bar" option where the pot sits comfortably in the table so there is little chance of injury to anyone. However, if you are a larger party, you will likely be seated at a regular table where the pot sits on top of a special, flat surface heating unit built into the table. It's still a stretch for kids to get hurt unless the kid crawls onto the table. They also usually have the control switch under the table/counter. If you have kids that like to crawl under the table after getting antsy, this is something to be aware of.

    You basically then cook the food as you eat it. Thinly sliced foods (veggies/meat/seafood/noodles) are thrown into the boiling broth and fished out as they are done.

    Since the food comes out of a boiling broth, you don't want to stick the food into your mouth right away. That's a 'danger' for kids or adults. Inherently, hotpot is not very dangerous at all, though I can see a young kid losing interest and probably playing with his food and causing a mishap. I would also assume that younger kids may not know when food is fully cooked, so you may need to monitor that and make sure the kid isn't eating raw meat/seafood.

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      teenbillybaby Dec 18, 2006 06:10 PM

      I've avoided hot pot because I'm not sure what it is and I don't know 'how to do it'.

      Is it safe for kids 6-10years, or will they burn themselves (on what?)?

      Please describe hot pot a bit more.

      A couple of the N.Quincy restaurants have hot pot on the menu. Does it work the same way there?

      thanks

      1. jacquelinec Dec 15, 2006 04:52 PM

        I agree - in Hawaii "pu pu" means appetizers (e.g. pu pu platter = mixed of apps.) But (a) has nothing to do with hotpot and (b) one of those things that loses something in translation. But thanks for the answer, I might try it. Could be an adventure...
        I thought your screen name was kurobuta at first...yummy.

        1. kobuta Dec 14, 2006 09:51 PM

          Could they possibly mean PuPu Hotpot on Main St in Cambridge (it's between Kendall and Central)? I've never tried it, primarily because the name doesn't inspire confidence.

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            trembler Dec 15, 2006 05:13 PM

            not very good, im afraid. i went once and since have scratched it off the list

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            BJK Oct 14, 2006 10:31 PM

            Try the Sichuan joints. Chilli Garden in Medford Square, Zoe's in Somerville, and Sichuan Garden in Brookline are all very good, close to Boston, and I'm fairly certain have Sichuan hot pots. If you're willing to head out into the 'burbs, I'd seek out either Sichuan Gourmet, Billerica or Framingham.

            BK

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            1. re: BJK
              Aromatherapy Oct 15, 2006 03:24 AM

              Chilli Garden does not. Would check Anise.

            2. Aromatherapy Oct 13, 2006 05:16 PM

              Zoe's has hotpot, don't know if it's Sichuan. Sichuan Garden has it IIRC, would call first.

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                Jen19 Oct 13, 2006 04:21 PM

                The most authentic is in Quincy. Little Q's hot pot. It's on the main drag. It's actually a branch of a chain in China. Good to go with a group - but you can also eat at the counter by twos.

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