Restaurant: DaLongYi Hot Pot 大龙燚火锅
Location: 250 W Valley Blvd L, San Gabriel, CA 91776. (626) 872-6690
Date: May 20, 2022
Cuisine: Chinese Szechuan Hot Pot
Rating: Very solid spicy hot pot place
Da Long Yi Hot Pot is a relatively new spicy hot pot branch of some Chinese chain, in the Chongking style, but from Chengdu specifically.
It’s located located on the second floor of this classic mall right next door to Shanghai #1 Seafood Village.
The interior has a decent but modern industrial build out.
The “snacks” are extremely minimal.
The sauce bar section is decent, totally workable, but not as good as a few other chains.
Half spicy, half bone broth. The bone is boring, of course.
Smooth beef. Thick slices coated in egg. Very tender and nice.
Pork meat balls. Great, not those dense packaged ones.
Luncheon Meat. Always one of my favorites.
Fish Balls stuffed with Roe. Great.
Lotus root. Love that crunchy texture.
Napa cabbage. Because this is always the favorite veggie, we decided to just order it.
This turned out to be a surprisingly nice spicy hot pot. It’s “almost” as good as Shancheng Lameizi or Chun La Hao, but not quite. Build out isn’t as attractive as either of those. Sauce/snack bar is a bit worse. Actual hot pot food quality was quite good, basically equal. Weirdly, they were completely empty. One employee I think and we were the only customers. Food was great though.