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Sit Around a Cauldron of Bubbling Broth at These 8 LA Chinese Hot Pot Restaurants

It’s always a good time to dip meat and veggies into hot broth in LA

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It’s been the wettest winter in recent memory, so gathering with friends and family around a boiling cauldron of broth seems like an ideal way to keep warm. The Chinese diaspora’s rich hot pot tradition varies from region to region, with broth seasonings and proteins flexing and bending to local tastes and ingredients. In the San Gabriel Valley, the unofficial hot pot epicenter of Los Angeles, there are highly specialized restaurants bringing everything from hand-made noodles to lamb-stuffed dumplings to the communal table, with extensive condiment bars for customized sauces. There’s never been a better time to pull up a seat, dial on the flame, and get cooking. Here now, eight essential Chinese-style hot pot restaurants to try in Los Angeles.

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1. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

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45 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 229-0888

The reasonably priced lunch specials and do-it-yourself sauce bar has made this Mongolian-style hot pot specialist a favorite among locals. Select the half-and-half pot for the most balanced experience, and choose from a plethora of proteins including prime rib, kurobuta pork, and New Zealand lamb.

2. Chong Qing YaoMei Hotpot

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55 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 639-3391

Mouth-numbing, Sichuan-style broths are the specialty at this Old Pasadena spot. Heat levels range from mild to extra spicy, while mix-ins include beef tongue, pork intestines, and tofu.

3. HaiDiLao Hotpot

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400 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 445-7232
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Whichever set menu one settles on here, be it seafood-focused or squarely land-based, make sure to order the hand-pulled noodles to go with it. Skilled “noodle dancers” flit to each table, whipping and pulling stretchy balls of dough and plopping the finished product into the hot broth to cook.

4. Jazz Cat Restaurant

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1088 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 447-1555

With over two dozen soup bases on the menu, this beloved hot pot palace brings together pan-Asian flavors including influences from Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Satisfy carnivorous appetites with the T-Rex option, which means more meat and fewer vegetables.  

5. Dong Lai Shun

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Unit A and B, 402 S San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 766-1757
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This Muslim-Chinese hot pot specialist will suit those who appreciate the slightly musty flavor of lamb. In addition to a variety of mutton cuts including shoulder and chuck roll, are things like duck gizzards and beef tripe. Opt for one of the house-made dipping sauces.

6. Shancheng Lameizi Hot Pot

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1530 S San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 766-1700
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This Beijing-founded restaurant chain serves up Chongqing-style hot pot, which is famous for its mouth-numbing soup. The half-and-half pot brings balance to the table, with spicy and numbing flavors on one side and rich bone broth on the other. The range of mix-ins runs the gamut from fish balls to pig brains.

7. Boiling Point

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153 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 288-9876
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This Taiwanese-style hot pot chainlet offers a fool-proof dining experience with individual-sized pots brought to the table with ingredients already cooked and ready to eat. All diners have to do is choose a broth flavor, and the bells and whistles that sound best.  

8. Hot Pot, Hot Pot

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120 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-1089
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It’s easy to get a carried away at this Monterey Park standby where hot pot mix-ins are checked off a list, a bit like ordering at dim sum, and arrive as soon as the broth is ready. Softly boiled quails eggs, handmade spinach noodles, and lamb-stuffed dumplings are just a few of the accoutrements available.

1. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

45 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

The reasonably priced lunch specials and do-it-yourself sauce bar has made this Mongolian-style hot pot specialist a favorite among locals. Select the half-and-half pot for the most balanced experience, and choose from a plethora of proteins including prime rib, kurobuta pork, and New Zealand lamb.

45 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

2. Chong Qing YaoMei Hotpot

55 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105

Mouth-numbing, Sichuan-style broths are the specialty at this Old Pasadena spot. Heat levels range from mild to extra spicy, while mix-ins include beef tongue, pork intestines, and tofu.

55 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105

3. HaiDiLao Hotpot

400 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Whichever set menu one settles on here, be it seafood-focused or squarely land-based, make sure to order the hand-pulled noodles to go with it. Skilled “noodle dancers” flit to each table, whipping and pulling stretchy balls of dough and plopping the finished product into the hot broth to cook.

400 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

4. Jazz Cat Restaurant

1088 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

With over two dozen soup bases on the menu, this beloved hot pot palace brings together pan-Asian flavors including influences from Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Satisfy carnivorous appetites with the T-Rex option, which means more meat and fewer vegetables.  

1088 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

5. Dong Lai Shun

Unit A and B, 402 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

This Muslim-Chinese hot pot specialist will suit those who appreciate the slightly musty flavor of lamb. In addition to a variety of mutton cuts including shoulder and chuck roll, are things like duck gizzards and beef tripe. Opt for one of the house-made dipping sauces.

Unit A and B, 402 S San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

6. Shancheng Lameizi Hot Pot

1530 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

This Beijing-founded restaurant chain serves up Chongqing-style hot pot, which is famous for its mouth-numbing soup. The half-and-half pot brings balance to the table, with spicy and numbing flavors on one side and rich bone broth on the other. The range of mix-ins runs the gamut from fish balls to pig brains.

1530 S San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

7. Boiling Point

153 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

This Taiwanese-style hot pot chainlet offers a fool-proof dining experience with individual-sized pots brought to the table with ingredients already cooked and ready to eat. All diners have to do is choose a broth flavor, and the bells and whistles that sound best.  

153 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755

8. Hot Pot, Hot Pot

120 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

It’s easy to get a carried away at this Monterey Park standby where hot pot mix-ins are checked off a list, a bit like ordering at dim sum, and arrive as soon as the broth is ready. Softly boiled quails eggs, handmade spinach noodles, and lamb-stuffed dumplings are just a few of the accoutrements available.

120 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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