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Szechuan hot pot

irishkevbo May 17, 2007 05:04 PM

I was watching "No Reservations" the other night and Anthony Bourdain was in China. He went to a Szechuan hot pot restaurant that was identical to shabu shabu but with oil and chilis. It looked really good since i love spicy food. I live in Irvine, are there any restaurants around that serve that type of cuisine?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: irishkevbo May 17, 2007 05:20 PM

    Dunno any in Irvine, but in SGV try Mon Land Hot Pot.

    251 W. Bencamp St., #C
    San Gabriel

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      rameniac RE: ipsedixit May 17, 2007 06:01 PM

      mon land is tops. little sheep (the one at atlantic & garvey in deerfield plaza) is right up there as well. avoid the one on the 3rd floor of the san gabriel hilton, but if you're there, you might as well go to mon land across the street.

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      WHills RE: irishkevbo May 17, 2007 07:20 PM

      I second Little Sheep, but it's more Mongolian hot pot with herbs.

      For Szechuan hot pot, you should go to Lu Gee next to Yung Ho for the Taiwanese spicy version.

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        WHills RE: irishkevbo May 17, 2007 07:22 PM

        I second Little Sheep on Atlantic Blvd. for hot pot, but it's more Mongolian hot pot.

        For the Szechuan version you saw, you might want to go to Lu Gee next to Yung Ho on Valley Blvd. for the spicy hot pot.

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          Dommy RE: WHills May 22, 2007 10:40 AM

          Little sheep has different broths, you can choose a more spicy one..


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            igj RE: Dommy May 22, 2007 12:03 PM

            Went to Little Fat Sheep (the one on Atlantic) on Mother's Day and had a great meal. They clearly started out as a Mongolian style place, but they seem to be trying to add the Szechuan style as well.

            One cool note: for non-meat eaters, Little Fat Sheep is willing to give you a water-broth. Although it sounds bland, all of those herbs make a fine broth, especially if one eats fish and orders a bunch of the fish/seafood-based dishes.

            We did a half/half of the water broth and a milder chicken broth (FIL/MIL don't like too much spice). I thought it was all pretty mild - none of the fire I had at a Szechuan Huo Guo place in Beijing. And that was completely fine with me since the broth was absolutely flavorful.

            Also, if you do go, everyone around us seemed to be getting the chrysanthemum (listed as tong ho on the menu), so we did too. It was seriously yummy, as long as it didn't cook down into mush - although when it got to be mush I am sure it added a lot to the broth.

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              TracyS RE: Dommy May 22, 2007 12:22 PM

              Yes - love the spicy broth at Little Sheep but as all the chilis and spices bubble away it gets progressively hotter. We've remedied these by ordering half spicy and half not (comes with a divider making it look like a yin and yang sign) and ladle from the not spicy into the spicy as the meal progresses. Prefer the Hacienda Heights location, but the San Gabriel one is not bad.

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                Dommy RE: TracyS May 22, 2007 01:18 PM

                Yes, we do the SAME thing. :)


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                  kaoticgrl RE: TracyS May 23, 2007 09:35 AM

                  Did the Little Sheep in Hacienda Heights move? I thought the one on Azusa and Colima was closed.

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                    WHills RE: kaoticgrl May 25, 2007 03:51 PM

                    Yes, the one in Hacienda Heights is gone. The only two I know of in L.A. is the one on Atlantic Blvd (Little Fat Sheep) and the one on Valley Blvd in the Hilton Plaza (Little Sheep). If you read the reviews, the one on Atlantic in Deerfield Plaza is much preferred.

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                      rameniac RE: WHills May 25, 2007 04:38 PM

                      you know i always wondered about that. one is fat and one is not. are they even related? the atlantic one is indeed much better.

            2. jonahlee RE: irishkevbo May 26, 2007 04:39 PM

              Going to have to try Mon Land Hot Pot, because I have always wanted to try Sichuan Hot Pot, and my ex was from Sichuan, and her favorite place has closed. If you just want to try some amazing (if oily) Sichuan food, you have to try Yingui Garden at 301 N. Garfield Ave in Monteray Park. It is fantastic.

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                AdamFoodie RE: jonahlee May 26, 2007 05:13 PM

                any Mongolian or Szechuan hot pot spots in the SFV or hollywood? thanks. sounds great

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                irishkevbo RE: irishkevbo May 30, 2007 11:23 AM

                So is the concensus there in no place in Orange County?

                1. jonahlee RE: irishkevbo Jan 24, 2008 05:01 PM

                  I went to Lu Gi last weekend, and enjoyed it immensely, though it didn't seem entirely Sichuan as it had no Sichuan Peppercorns in. Sure it was tasty and hot, but without that numbing it didn't seem quite Sichuan.

                  Does Mon Land have Sichuan Peppercorns in it? I plan on trying there next. Do they have the Yin and Yang bowl, as my girlfriend likes a mixture of hot and not so hot, because she hasn't quite acclimated to my level of spiciness yet.

                  I reviewed my trip to Lu Gi at my blog at http://www.whaleofatale.net/wordpress...

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                    jonahlee RE: jonahlee Feb 7, 2008 11:22 AM

                    I went to Mon Land this last weekend, and while it was bigger and in some ways nicer than Lu Gi (nice having the order form have English on it), but I didn't think the Hot Soup was nearly as good, even if I could find one Sichuan Peppercorn in it.

                    Are there any other Sichuan Hot Pot places in Los Angeles? I would really love to try them out.

                    Here is my review of Mon Land. http://www.whaleofatale.net/wordpress...

                    Monland Hop Pot City
                    251 W Bencamp St Ste C, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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                    gremlintummy RE: irishkevbo Feb 18, 2008 12:55 PM

                    does anybody know what time MONLAND usually closes on a weekday?? we'd love to try it out today (PRESIDENTS DAY) and called a couple times to find out their hours, but we don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese, and they don't seem to speak any English. Sounded like the lady said "12" but it's 2p now; could she mean midnight?? gotta go soon; can't go for dinner.... thanks guys.

                    1. jonahlee RE: irishkevbo Mar 10, 2008 04:18 PM

                      Went back to Yunchuan (why do I remember it being called Yingui Garden?) and have to say I loved it just as much as I remembered. and updated my blog entry on it. http://www.whaleofatale.net/wordpress...
                      The fish with special sichuan sauce is the best, but we also mightily enjoyed the Dan Dan noodles, and Spicy Pork Wontons. The place might be the best looking, but the food is delicious, though be ready to point to order if you don't speak Mandarin or Sichuanese.

                      I believe Mon Land is open from 11am till Midnight 7 days a week.

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                        Chelmoon RE: jonahlee Mar 10, 2008 04:48 PM

                        Names used by Yunchuan Garden in the past 5 years
                        Hua's Chinese Delicacies
                        Yunan Garden
                        Yungui Garden
                        Yunchuan Garden

                        But it's all the same restaurant.

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                          jonahlee RE: Chelmoon Mar 11, 2008 04:45 PM

                          Yea, I was pretty sure it was Yingui garden, but yes nothing had changed at all since I had last been there.

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