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Best hot pot (huo guo) in flushing?

Lau Jan 19, 2010 06:28 PM

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.

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  1. scoopG RE: Lau Jan 20, 2010 10:18 AM

    Lau, about a year ago I tried the hot pot at Little Lamb on Main Street and it is not bad. I've not been back since but they had a wide selection of offerings and as I recall they divided the broth into two sections.

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      Lau RE: scoopG Jan 20, 2010 10:42 AM

      ah thanks, im curious to see how good it is, its usually packed

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        diablofoodie RE: Lau Jan 24, 2010 11:46 AM

        Little Lamb is good but it's not Taiwan style...

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          Lau RE: diablofoodie Jan 24, 2010 04:56 PM

          well doesnt necessarily have to be taiwan style, i was just pointing that out as an example b/c those places are pretty fun

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      Pookipichu RE: Lau Jan 24, 2010 08:16 PM

      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.

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        Lau RE: Pookipichu Jan 25, 2010 05:11 AM

        interesting, so you think the quality of the ingredients and the broth is the best. that's helpful, i was leaning toward doing udu anyhow

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          bigjeff RE: Pookipichu Jan 26, 2010 07:05 PM

          shanghai tide I never liked; minnie's is very standard, and the basement one is too, is that little lamb? still haven't eaten at UDU but that would still be my top pick; it just looks very nice in there and the ingredients look good as well.

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            teresa RE: Pookipichu Feb 1, 2010 09:11 AM

            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.

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