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Apr 21, 2010 11:42 AM

Szechuan hot pot in SGV - recommendations?

Looking for the best, spiciest...

I realize there seems to be no consensus on this one, but looking for recommendations.

I'm looking for something along the lines of the bubbling cauldron of "hell broth" Bourdain had on his visit to Chengdu. Any suggestions?

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  1. I thought of Little Fat Sheep in Monterey Park and Mandarin Chef in Arcadia but while those places have spicy options I don't think they are anything near the "hell broth" you seek!

    Mandarin Chef
    516 E Live Oak Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006

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    1. re: crystaw

      In Monterey Park it is NO longer Little Fat Sheep. Now it is called Hot Pot, Hot Pot!

      I talked to the person at the counter the last time we were there (2 Fridays ago). He mentioned that the original Little Fat Sheep franchise run from the HQ in Beijing was not keeping up its standards. So the owner at the MP location bought out his franchise contract and renamed it Hot Pot, Hot Pot. The trademark painted on the glass has also changed.

      Same food, different name. Fwiw, though I am a hot food fiend, I find their regular broth more flavorful. But our meals are not complete without the split hot and normal side. The regular broth tastes even better after the hot broth. And for a carnivore, I find the flavor combination better with the vegetable and herb selections.

    2. He's a wimp.
      New Chong Qing has it. Not as hot as I've had in China but good. Also one with a whole fish in it.

      New Chong Qing
      120 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91775

      1. While not Szechuan, Lu Gi in San Gabriel has a "ma la" soup that kicks my rear but I love it. It's a Taiwanese place.

        Lu Gi Restaurant
        539 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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        1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

          I love that place, but since it is not Szechuan I didn't mention it.

        2. I haven't seen that episode, but the spicy broth at Little Fat Sheep KILLS me. I can't even eat it... the other broth is incredible though.

          1. Lugi is delicious, and fiery hot. Let the tofu in the hot pot sit and by the end of the meal it is like pieces of magma!

            How about Mon Land Hot Pot on Bencamp Street. Not as good as Mon Land, but pretty tasty.