SGV: Taiwanese Hot Pot at Boiling Point

Boiling Point in San Gabriel

Boiling Point in San Gabriel

 

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.

 

Thai hot pot

Thai hot pot

 

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.

Boiling Point

250 W Valley Blvd., Ste J, San Gabriel, CA 91776  —  (626) 300-9800
 
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