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Dec 29, 2009 05:00 PM

Chinese Hot Pot

After two years of living in China, I am in search of two things: where can I find authentic Mongoloian hot Pot in the Boston area and where can I can the ingredients to make it.

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    1. LittleQ Mongolian Hot Pot is opening in Chinatown in two weeks. You can also hit the Quincy location for their $16 lunch buffet.

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      1. re: joebloe

        Where did you see that Little Q was opening in chinatown? I read the other day that it was a different hot pot place going in there, and that the LQ move wasn't going to happen until they finally were evicted.

        1. re: jgg13

          I'm still trying to find out more about this. A hot pot place is apparently moving into the Imperial Seafood place on Beach Street, but it is going to be called the Hot Pot Buffet. Little Q is definitely coming to Boston, but I haven't been able to find out where yet. And I just heard that another hot pot place is coming to the Fields Corner area of Dorchester, but have little other info on this spot.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            PS jgg13, it sounds like there's a possibility that Little Q may actually be out of Quincy in January rather than March, so what joebloe says coincides with that timeline.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              Patriot Ledger reporting today that Little Q will vacate by January 15th.

              1. re: hiddenboston

                Interesting. Thanks to all of you folks here on the LQ updates

              2. re: hiddenboston

                Do you know if the Hot Pot Buffet is now open?

                1. re: WickedT

                  If you're referring to the new one that is at the corner and Beach St (right by the gate), my dad said it was indeed open. We haven't dined there, so I think he may have either seen this advertised in the Chinese papers or passed by and seen them open for business.

                  Beach St Cafe
                  35 Beach St, Manchester, MA 01944

              3. re: jgg13

                Just read that Little Q's last day in current Quincy location is January 15. Sob.

              4. re: joebloe

                Do you know where in Chinatown they will be opening? Thanks.

                1. re: mats77

                  I spoke to the manager on Friday. He said the new location is diagonally across the Pho Hoa and Centerfold Gentleman' s Club. The one in Quincy will close January 12.

                  The hot pot place in Fields Corner is called Osaka to Citizen Bank. It's already opened about six months ago. I passed by every week but rarely see anyone inside.

                  1. re: joebloe

                    No, this is another hot pot place that will be opening further up the road (near Pho Hoa). From what I was told, it is going to be a pretty big place, with the first floor being a sushi bar, the second floor hot pot, and the third floor a function room.

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      That's correct but it's quite far from Fields Corner.

                      It's a nice building under construction owned by the same people who owned the extremely popular former Hau Giang VNmese sandwich and restaurant. The building owner (Sunrise VNmese restaurant next door) saw Hau Giang's extraordinary success as a threat and refused to renew the lease rental. Hau Giang went right across the street and bought an Irish bar with parking lot to tear down for their new dream restaurant.

                      1. re: joebloe

                        You're right--my bad. For some reason, I was getting Bay Street mixed up with Kimball Street (where Pho Hoa is). Yes, Bay Street is actually in the Savin Hill area, probably a mile north of Fields Corner.

                        1. re: joebloe

                          OMG, Thank you joebloe,
                          I didn't know about Hau Giang's lease not being renewed. We would go there weekly but was away for a bit and came back and saw the store front closed. We were very upset and didn't know what happenned to them.

                          Now I can't wait to go visit them soon. After all these years, nothing has compared to their food..

                          Would you know what is their new place called?

                          1. re: Chocomom

                            There's a sign in front with the name on it but I didn't pay attention.

                      2. re: joebloe

                        BTW, speaking of Pho Hoa, are they open again? I remember all the news about that building after the fire there.

                        1. re: hiddenboston

                          The one in Dot is opening February.

                          1. re: joebloe

                            I was wondering about the Pho Hoa in Chinatown that had the fire. Is it true they are open again?

                            1. re: joebloe

                              There's another Pho Hoa opening up very soon in Malden downtown, next to that atrocious Saigon Restaurant.

                      1. Places to buy inputs for making your own hot pot:

                        for the pot and and induction (or radiant) cooker , the home goods market at the Kam Man plaza has the best selection/price. Eagle cooking supplies in China town could also get you one. Battambang in Lowell carries the gas table top cookers.

                        For the meats: H-Mart in Burlington has the widest selection and is unusual in offering fresh unfrozen thinly sliced meats, beef pork lamb and various offal.

                        Kam Man has a good selection of frozen thin sliced meats, which I've had good luck with.

                        Super 88 used to have pretty good quality, but I haven't shopped at their old locations since the new ownership/management. I've had so-so luck with hot pot meat from Ming's.

                        Any of the asian groceries around will have the vegetables and sauce ingredients.

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                        1. re: qianning

                          ther are two spices that are used in spicy, chongqing style hot pot. I think one of them is called gou jing?

                          1. re: Lu Bing

                            i almost always make beijing style "shuang yang rou" rather than spicy chongqing hot pot, the spices/herbs we add to the broth include gou-qi (chinese wolfberry), cao-guo (black cardamon), gan-cao (licorice root), hong-zao (red jujube), and ba-jiao (star anise). Exact recipe depends on the meat/veggies we are planning to use. By the way, most chinese grocers in boston carry pre-made packets of Chongqing style lard-chili-bajiao based stock.

                            i'm not familiar with "gou-jing", but i think maybe you mean "gou-qi'? gou-qi, a small dried red fruit-looks a little bit like a red currant- is definitely chinnese wolfberry, and it is readily available at chinese groceries. whole foods also sells it, as "tibetan power berry" or some such name, but at ridiculous prices.

                        2. I realize this a different kind of Hot Pot, but I've got to make a plug for the Chongqing hot pot at Sichuan Palace in Chelmsford. Truly delicious.

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                          1. re: MossDef

                            That's exactly the swtylke I'm looking for. Do you cook at the table?

                            1. re: Lu Bing

                              If you're looking for Sichuan hot pot, there's Sichuan Garden in Brookline Village. I had hot pot there a long time ago for my birthday dinner, and it was great.

                              1. re: Lu Bing

                                Yes, they bring everything out to you and you cook it at the table.