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Sizzling King Opens in Alhambra

Chandavkl Jan 23, 2013 01:07 PM

Following up on TonyC's report in yesterday's Eater LA, Sizzling King has finally opened up in the space that was most recently occupied by Bao Bao Bistro. As TonyC points out, this is a highly unstable restaurant location, Sizzling King being the eighth in the 21st Century (actually, 7th, if you count the year 2000 as being part of the 20th Century). And even though this is such a hole in the wall (maybe enough room for 3 or 4 tables), it certainly has a whole lot to offer. The name of the restaurant aside, their specialty seems to be Hannan Chicken Rice (sic) which is displayed prominently under the name of the restaurant on the exterior signage as well as the menu. But in line with the name, there is a very large selection of sizzling plates, including sizzling fish fillets with ketchup. And there is an even larger selection of hot pot dishes. Also an interesting variety of Shanghai and Sichuan dishes, plus Xinjiang beef noodle soup. But wait! There's more! They also have a hot food table offering three selections for $4.99, with added soup and rice. And there's even more. If you buy this $4.99 special, they'll punch your card, and after 9 punches, you'll get one free. Sizzling King is at 525 W. Valley Bl.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Chandavkl Jan 23, 2013 02:14 PM

    If you buy this $4.99 special, they'll punch your card, and after 9 punches, you'll get one free.

    That's assuming they're around long enough to punch your card 9 times and then for you to visit a 10th time.

    1. barryc RE: Chandavkl Jan 26, 2013 07:05 PM

      hainan chicken rice? i'm intrigued.

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      1. re: barryc
        dreamcast18 RE: barryc Jan 29, 2013 05:57 PM

        Me too. Anyone tried the place yet?

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        dreamcast18 RE: Chandavkl Feb 3, 2013 10:37 AM

        Decided to skip the hainanese chicken since it is run by shanghainese.

        Ordered the black pepper sizzling beef and 3 cup chicken.

        Beef was too oily. Great service, but disappointing food.

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        1. re: dreamcast18
          TonyC RE: dreamcast18 Feb 4, 2013 09:28 AM

          Thanks for taking one for the team. Now someone else go eat Dalian Small Stone so I'm not the only one to have suffered.

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