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Hotpot at Ma La Tang Restaurant in Clarendon

See the website for Unlce Lius new Sichuan hotpot restaurant in Clarendon.

http://www.mala-tang.com/

"f you wander around Chef Liu's hometown of Chengdu, you'll find the streets filled with diners sitting at tables gathering around bubbling hot pots, in which dozens of dried chilies bob up and down in an oily red broth.

Meals notoriously last hours as locals chat, sip beer, and dip morsels of food into a simmering liquid of "hot and spicy" broth. One of the most popular dishes in Sichuan, this delicacy is eaten by rich and poor alike, whether in a fancy restaurant, or on construction sites where workers hunker down to eat it, paying a small sum for a skewer of food to plunge into the spicy broth.

The hot pot itself is a saucepan that sits on a portable burner, surrounded by an array of small plates piled high with fresh ingredients. Guests select pieces of food and drop them into the soup to cook, and then dip them into a delicious mixture of seasoned sesame oil and chopped garlic.

While hot pot can be found throughout China, Sichuan is famous for its ma la hot pot, which is characterized by the yin and yang effect that the sichuan pepper and the red hot chilies create when combined together. "

Metro Accessible: on Washington Boulevard in between Virginia Square and Clarendon metro stops

Parking: validated parking on site (2 hours), street parking is available nearby (free after 6pm and on weekends)

Address: 3434 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, Va.

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    A former member

    Thinking of attending, but says can only RSVP 2 guest. I would be bringing mu husband and two kids, so it would be four of us.

    July 22, 2011

  • lindel

    You can buy your own or share and split the bill

    July 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the payment option/plan?

    July 22, 2011

  • lindel

    I reserved 2 tables for Saturday hope everyone can make it

    July 20, 2011

  • Paul

    Lindel - saw your note. feel free to use the photos of the restaurant I took today. It is in the location that used to be Meis Asian Bistro (I only know this because today the letters were still visible). Their largest tables seat 8 people (round) but they will push together smaller square tables to seat up to 10 or so. Larger groups will have to split tables.

    May 2, 2011

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