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Hot Pot City mini-review


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Hot Pot City mini-review

kingkong5 | Nov 6, 2006 05:56 PM

Mrskingkong5 and I went to eat at this relatively new place in Westminster, southeast corner of Brookhurst and McFadden. Almost hard to find in this strip mall, as the entrance/front facade is narrow compared to the other storefronts. You'll notice it immediately though, if you look for the long line of people waiting to get in. Coming on a Friday night, the two of us had about an hour's wait to get a table.

What's interesting about this hot pot concept is that you serve yourself from the refrigerated case in the back of the restaurant, and you can have both hot pot soup and also cook your meat in sizzling butter at the same time. The center of each table has a cast iron griddle type thing, with the hot pot in the center. Butter and steamed rice is complimentary, and you are charged per plate for other raw ingredients. Prices range from $2-$5 per plate for raw beef, shrimp, tofu/vegetables, and mushrooms. They even have lamb and deer meat if you are so inclined.

With a beer and tip, the total for the two of us was a little under $30, which is expensive for the little Saigon area, but worth it for this new experience. Unfortunately, I wasn't sure how to tip at this place, since we get our own food and cook it ourselves - I left 15% but think it was a little bit more than necessary. Still, it was fun to have an interactive dinner out with my wife. Worth a try if you're in the area, but the weekend waits can be rather long.

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