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A Class Hotpot & BBQ at Clement St - SF report

Han Lukito | May 11, 2003 12:13 PM

I picked this place because many others in Geary only offers the BBQ part but not the hotpot together. This place is all you can eat for $13 per person. It is fun because you get the benefit of BOTH although the bbq is not over coal but actually over a metal pan. The place is decent and offers a good number of selections. It's good for four people sitting at one station although you have to remind others not to use their own chopsticks and spoons to dip into the broth. Also to use separate utensils for the raw meats.

First, the hot pot: it is a metal pot filled with broth (not sure what) because it tasted just like regular hot water. However, when you put the right ingredients, then it quickly turn into a tasty broth. You can also ask for real broth to be poured for refills. I found that you need to add salt to make it tasty.

There were plenty of napa cabbage, pea sprouts, tofu, bean threads, noodles, several types of meat balls, seafood like shrimps, octopus, fish fillet, etc and thinly sliced meats including lamb, marinated shortribs, etc.

The bbq part, they provide butter to lubricate the pan and you just grill the meats there. Various sauces are provided to make your own or use their ready mixed sauce.

Prepare for a two hour minimum to enjoy this at leisurely pace.

For dessert, there is various jellies, little pearls of tapioca balls, shaved ice, sweet syrup and condensed milk. Also few types of fruits like orange, etc.

Overall, quite nice to visit once in a while. Make sure to bring lots of appetite to this place and willingness to cook on your own. If you do badly, then you only have yourself to blame since you're the one who cook them yourself. The price is very cheap considering all the enjoyment you get out of this. Highly recommended. I have seen better places with larger selections and tastier broth in Berkeley and South Bay but they all have closed down. Also, there are much worse places with lower quality meats. At least this place have decent meats.

Any others like this here or South Bay ? I wonder how Coriya in Milpitas compared. Last time I tried a few years ago was a lot worse than this place. Maybe things improved ?

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