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Hot Pot Coming to Mekong Plaza?

Dmnkly Sep 8, 2011 02:34 AM

I was just perusing the Mekong Plaza website, and on their full list of tenants was this little bit of interest:

"Hot Pot Restaurant Suite 113 (Coming Soon)"

I haven't been down there in about a month... has it opened? Is this old news that I missed somehow? From the floor plan, it looks like this would be past the food court, across from Mekong Palace Restaurant. Tien Wong is such a frustrating tease that I'd explode with joy if a good, simple, non-trendy hot pot place went in there.

Anybody heard or seen anything?

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Tien Wong
2330 N Alma School Rd #118, Chandler, AZ 85224

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    cactuschowdah Sep 8, 2011 08:33 PM

    Never been to Tien Wong, and it was on my must try soon list because I love me some hot pot- why no good?

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    Tien Wong
    2330 N Alma School Rd #118, Chandler, AZ 85224

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    1. re: cactuschowdah
      Dmnkly Sep 8, 2011 09:28 PM

      It isn't that it's no good. It's that they get so much right but screw it up with a critical problem.

      Most of the broths are very nice. The ingredients are multitudinous and completely fabulous. Problem is they give you the same two mediocre sauces no matter what style of broth you get. It was like all of this time and attention was devoted to the broths and ingredients, and then the sauces were a total throwaway. They match up fine with the miso, and a couple of the other broths stand up fine on their own. Problem is that a few of the broths really need a dip to accompany and round out flavors, but clash with the two they provide. Plus, the sesame sauce is just lousy... it's balanced like a salad dressing. I... um... may or may not have resorted to sneaking in my own sauces on a couple of occasions. So it's really close to being really good, but there's a critical problem that ruins the experience, which is why I characterize it as a tease. And it's a big downer because so much of it really is done so well. I think it suffers from the classic trying to do too much. Do less, do it better, I say. Which is why I'm very hopeful about whatever's coming to Mekong.

    2. ipsedixit Sep 8, 2011 09:51 PM

      Nothing quite like hot pot on a chilly Phoenix August summer night.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        Dmnkly Sep 8, 2011 09:58 PM

        Criminy, if I have to sit outside in July to get good shabu shabu, I'll do it.

        1. re: Dmnkly
          ipsedixit Sep 8, 2011 10:08 PM

          Especially if they have misters.

          Hot steam from the shabu shabu from below and 100F mist from up top! Win-win!

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Dmnkly Sep 8, 2011 10:40 PM

            I think you'd ordinarily pay extra for that at some of the resorts in town.

            1. re: Dmnkly
              ipsedixit Sep 9, 2011 08:29 PM

              ... and definitely in Sedona.

            2. re: ipsedixit
              Jen76 Sep 9, 2011 06:28 AM

              Good for the skin.

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