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Little Szechuan (St. Paul)

JimGrinsfelder | Nov 30, 201405:10 AM

All hot pots all the time! (well, not actually all the time, but there's very little else on the menu and apparently that's caused some confusion for diners because there's an 8.5" x 11" taped to the front door). I've never seen anything like this elsewhere in MN. The room is humid and warm from all the boiling soup on all the tables. What a great thing that is on a cold day. Combines eating with taking a schvitz.

The ordering is done by filling in a sheet indicating which soup base or bases if you're going for the 4 gallon yin-yang bowl. There are dan dan noodles (not as good as they used to be) and chili oil dumplings (pretty darn good) in the appetizer section. There are meats (lots of offal choices like pork brain or beef tripe or tongue), seafoods, tofu in about 1/2 dozen varieties, veggies, noodles and a condiment bar where you can get dipping sauces and soup broth amendments (chicken stock base or MSG or sesame oil or pepper flakes).

It's fun. It's messy. It's easy to go through $20 per person. We haven't got a clue what we're doing. Next time, I'm recruiting a chinese friend to come along and instruct me on proper hot-pottery.

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