Restaurant: On Fire Hot Pot
Location: 500 N Atlantic Blvd Ste 201 Monterey Park, CA 91754. (717) 966-6666
Date: January 15, 2023
Cuisine: High End Hot Pot
Rating: Evidently golden toilets don’t bring luck
This high end hot pot joint in located in a hard to find spot upstairs near Atlantic Seafood.
Lots of cheap marble.
The main dining room.
Cheesy bling by the sink.
Our 8-10 person private room with two pots. Very undecorated.
Snacks and the “sauce bar.”
Green onion, cilantro, lime, garlic/ginger paste, chilies, chili oil.
Peanuts and jicama. Not sure what the jicama was for.
Sesame paste was available on request. This is just straight sesame paste.
Some starter wines.
On the left, Pepper with Hog Maw and Chicken Soup. On the right, Tom yum soup. The Tom Yum was nice and included a couple of shrimp, but the “hog maw” had lots of pig stomach in it and that lent it that stinky smell (which permeated the room) and funky taste. Okay, but a bit stinky.
On the left, Golden Soup Fish Maw Chicken Pot. On the right, Taiwanese Spice Abalone Duck Blood Pot. The maw was added later to the maw pot and was very tender and delicious. This pot was mild but good. The Spicy pot was medium spicy and had great tofu in it to start as well as a tiny number of duck blood slabs, which were good. But I only saw 1-2 small abalone. Very different from the picture where it was loaded with abalone.
The fish maw for the golden broth. At least there was plenty of this and it was fabulous.
The big seafood platter with two lobsters, shrimp, scallops, oysters, clams, a few abalone, and salmon.
Get in close.
Angus Sirloin Steak.
Snowlake Short Ribs.
Premium Ribeye. This was one of the best cuts. We also had a wagyu in here somewhere but not sure which one it was or if I missed the photo. It was definiately softer.
Premium Lamb Shoulder.
Beef Tongue. Always like some tongue.
Pork Neck. This was porky, soft, and super delicious.
Assorted balls and fish tofu. Some of these were beef and some were fish and there were two were roe “dumplings.”
Luncheon Meat (aka spam). Always one of my favorites.
Pork Sausages. Very tasty.
Assorted tofu plate. The fried tofu balls were particularly delicious.
Assorted green vegetables.
Spinach and glass noodles. I’ve never had wide glass noodles like this.
Vickye at work as hot pot mom.
Truffle Rice. This got dumped in the spicy broth and simmered down to form a gumbo-like bowl of yum.
The rice and broth.
Pure and Concentrated Evil — Kentucky Mud Pie Gelato — Expresso Knob Creek Bourbon Custard Gelato base with layers of house-made Crushed Oreo Valrhona Fudge Ganache, and house-made Vanilla Coconut Cream Cheese Icing — The Plaid Mode of Gelati and includes a hefty Caffeine kick — made by me for @sweetmilkgelato — #dessert #icecream #FrozenDessert #nomnom #dessertlovers #dessertporn #icecreamlovers #gelatoitaliano #foodporn #gelatolover #food #foodgasm #foodblogger #dessertgasm #desserttime #foodphotography #gelatoartigianale #gelatomania #dessertlover #icecream #icecreamlovers #coconut #valrhona #chocolate #ganache #expresso #bourbon #custard #oreos #icing
Overall, a very fun night. This is an interesting hot pot format. It’s more seafood focused and there is more emphasis on the different pot flavors. Some were good, like the abalone one, and some not so good, like the pig ass flavor. The place clearly has a lot of competition. There are tons of much cheaper and easier to find hot pot places. It was deserted and that obviously took its toll — as they seem to be out of business. It’s a shame though because it was on the different side and I like variety.