SGV: Taiwanese Hot Pot at Boiling Point
Man, I have a lot of different things I love. Mostly I talk about noodles and dumplings a lot but I actually get obsessive about almost everything. I don’t eat hot pot very often but I like the idea of it. And now with the crop of individual hot pots, it’s even easier to customize your food.
The Boiling Point in San Gabriel was packed on a Tuesday after 8:30 p.m. We waited almost an hour and by the time we were seated, I was starving. STARVING. Which meant I got the bigger bowl. There were a couple that came “very spicy” so I avoided the Taiwanese and Korean hot pots and went with the Thai one since I saw it had mostly seafood. I could also adjust the spice level to my liking if the “medium spice” I ordered wasn’t spicy enough.
You can order your hot pot with rice or noodles. I got noodles and for the first time in my life, I regretted getting noodles. Actually, what I should have done was gotten a bowl of rice and the noodles but I wasn’t thinking that far ahead. The broth was perfect for rice. My Thai soup could have had a smidge more sour in the mix but it was plenty spicy even at a “medium” spice level. I enjoyed eating my way through the squid, octopus, crab, clams and shrimp. What was special about the fish ball was it was stuffed this awesome savory sauce/meat.
After eating most of the vegetables and all the happy contents of my hot pot, I was really full. I thought it was a great deal at $15. At those communal hot pot places, I feel like I typically spend $20+ per person. But it could be because I tend to get a lot of tofu and mushrooms. And meat. And all of that adds up.
Clearly the individual hot pot craze is the next big trend in hot pot dining.(626) 300-9800 © The Minty 2013