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hot pot place close to the San Gabriel Superstore

joe | Feb 24, 200511:06 PM

I went to the restaurant at 529 E. Valley Blvd #168, San Gabriel, across the street from the San Gabriel Superstore, that used to be a very interesting Szechuan place. It is apparently now a hot pot place. (Now as then its name only appears in Chinese, though it is listed on the LA County site as "Amrose".) The hot pot came out divided into two halves, one half with a spicy broth and the other with a clear broth. The philosophy was straightforward: they just threw in every strong flavor they could think of. (Probably for this reason, the restaurant smells terrific.) The spicy broth in particular won the award for Best Dish Made Primarily With Ingredients That I Cannot Identify. I ordered a bunch of random additional ingredients from their checklist: lamb, sausage, congealed blood, fish balls, tofu, etc. It was one of the stranger things I've ever eaten, but it worked. I do wish they'd bring back the old Szechuan menu, though, and the fish in the tanks. I never got to eat their most intriguingly-named dish, Spicy and Sour Fish.

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