Best hot pot (huo guo) in flushing?
I don't usually go for hot pot (huo guo) as there always seems to be something that I want more than hot pot. However, I'm going to Flushing in a few weeks to meet up with some friends and I was thinking maybe hot pot would be fun. So which of the hot pot places are the best? I was generally debating between Udu Cafe, Xiao Fei Yang (Little Fat Lamb) and Shanghai Tide.
As far as what I want:
- price: doesn't matter
- quality: this is the most important thing to me, I don't care if its a la carte or AYCE, I only care about the quality of the broth, ingredients and condiments (sauces usually)
- decor: part of the reason I was thinking about Udu Cafe was that the place was supposed to be cool like some of the hot pot places in Taiwan that are alot of fun (plus I heard the food was good); all things being equal I'd prefer the place to not be a total dump although I don't care if its loud or not
Anyhow, since I don't actually have that much experience eating hot pot in Flushing any help would be great! Btw if there was somewhere in the city that is better happy to hear about that (although I doubt thats the case). Thanks.
I think that Udu is definitely the best hot pot restaurant in Flushing. Better than Minnie's, Little Lamb, Shanghai Tide and Fire & Ice.
The quality and diversity of vegetables, soup base and meat is unparalleled. The atmosphere is very modern Shanghai/Taipei. Soaring ceilings, LCD monitors, quite tastefully done.
Udu changed their menu and format and it has become a bit pricier as a result. But it's one of the few hotpot restaurants you can find Wagyu beef. Their herbal chicken broth is phenomenal. There is just no comparison.
I also agree with Pookipichu. The option to select a broth at Udu is great. I like the pickled cabbage one. However, you could get the really spicy one (I tried that and my lips hurt), seaweed or there are some other flavors. I also, like the menu selection. Before they converted the downstairs into a bar, you would get a plate of just veggies (cabbage, napa, taro, mung bean noodles, corn, etc) for free, but now you have to order a veggie plate (probably enough for 2 people), which kind of sucks, but it's still good! It's worth the money.