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Where can I get authentic Sichuan Hot Pot?

vermontcurry Jul 17, 2009 11:37 AM

I have never had Chinese hot pot - I've heard so much about it and can't wait to try this tongue numbing experience. Where can I go to get properly introduced to this dish in LA or its vincinities?

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    RoachCoach RE: vermontcurry Jul 19, 2009 01:10 PM

    This is the real Sichuan deal:
    Lu Gi
    539 W Valley Blvd
    San Gabriel, CA 91776
    (626) 457-5111
    Open Daily 11a.m. - 12a.m.
    MC, Visa
    Here's a review:

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      happycat RE: RoachCoach Jul 19, 2009 02:13 PM

      There's a second Lu Gi now, on the south side of Las Tunas just west of San Gabriel. It's even better. Apparently the owner of the original moved to the new place and makes the (spicy) broth there daily, while a relative is in charge of the original location. I'd noticed that the broth at the Valley Blvd. location had lost a tiny bit of it's magic...but when we ate at the new location, we got that magic back--difference between the two cooks. It was SO good!! The drawback to the new place is that they don't have a beer license yet so you need to bring your own. We didn't know that the first time; but the owner *gave* us beers from his own stash! Made us feel very special.

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        selfportrait93 RE: happycat Jul 20, 2009 03:06 PM

        I am planning to take my family here tonight. Any tips on ordering? We love beef, pork veggies and seafood.

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          Das Ubergeek RE: selfportrait93 Jul 20, 2009 03:39 PM

          If this is the place I'm thinking, you'll be given a list of ingredients and you can tick off what you want to eat. They'll bring it raw on plates and you cook it in the broth (or broths -- again, my memory is dim but I think you can also get a split pot, half white garlic broth, half churning-fires-of-hell chili broth.

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            Hughlipton RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 20, 2009 05:32 PM

            Hey Das is this like the Mongolian firepot?

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              Das Ubergeek RE: Hughlipton Jul 20, 2009 08:35 PM

              Sort of, but not as oily and much, MUCH spicier.

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                ZoeZ RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 21, 2009 08:48 AM

                Das - is The Little Sheep in this category?

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: ZoeZ Jul 21, 2009 09:17 AM

                  Xiao Fei Yang -- Little Fat Sheep -- is sort of kind of in this category. They do Sichuan hot pot but they are actually a Mongolian company and specialise in the split pot.

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                    justagthing RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 22, 2009 05:35 PM

                    Is there a Little Fat Sheep in the area? I have been to the one in San Diego and loved it. If not, anything that you would recommend?

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                      wilafur RE: justagthing Jul 22, 2009 05:44 PM

                      here you go:

                      Little Sheep
                      120 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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                        Chandavkl RE: justagthing Jul 22, 2009 05:48 PM

                        There are a couple of restaurants locally which purported to be part of the Little Sheep Chinese chain, but which turned out to be imitators. Consequently, the Little Fat Sheep at Atlantic and Garvey in Monterey Park and the now named Sheep Young Young by the San Gabriel Hilton are not related to the Little Sheep in San Diego, though they offer the same type of fare.

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        SilverlakePhil RE: vermontcurry Jul 21, 2009 10:34 AM

        Jonathan Gold mentioned this place in last week's LAWeekly:

        Sugar Spice Cafe in San Gabriel


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          vermontcurry RE: SilverlakePhil Jul 24, 2009 09:16 AM

          thanks for the Lu Gi recommendation! i'm taking a drive to SGV this weekend - can't wait, my mouth is already watering..

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