Sizzling Pot King is a Chinese restaurant specializing in dry hot pots. It was highly recommended by one of my good friends, and I’ve actually already visited a few times but didn’t get around to posting until now.
Apparently Sizzling Pot King replaced “Qiwei Kitchen” on Clairemont Mesa Blvd, which also served dry hot pots but was not too successful. This seems to be the second location of Sizzling Pot King, the other one being in Sunnyvale.
The menu seems extensive, but is actually pretty simple. For the dry hot pots, there are more than 20 choices of meat, and you can choose 1 for a medium pot or 2 for a large. There are also several flavors to choose from: garlic, numbing spicy, hot & sour, and spicy – and you can then choose the level of spiciness you want with each flavor. You can add a variety of veggies or noodles for a surcharge, or additional meats for $10.99 each. Each pot comes with cauliflower, sliced potatoes, celery, and mung beans.
When I visited, we had a group of five, some with pretty big appetites – so we decided to order one medium and one large pot. There are some exotic meat options here, such as rabbit, escargot, and duck gizzard, but we went with some standard choices – pork ribs, beef, and beef tongue. And for both pots, we got the garlic base – one mild, and one medium spicy.
Pork Ribs [$20.99/medium]
Beef Tongue and Sliced Beef [$30.99/large]
It’s hard to tell from the photos the sizes of these pots, but I thought that the portions were pretty big. We ended up adding silk noodles to both pots for 99 cents each, and crab stick to the pork rib pot for $3.99. The amount of meat is quite generous, and there was a good amount of veggies as well.
I really liked the beef tongue here – they’re sliced thick and pre-braised to be quite tender, definitely my favorite meat that I’ve tried here so far. The glass noodles and crab sticks were also nice additions, as both of them soaked up the flavor of the sauce. The sauce itself was a bit on the salty side but made for a good pairing with rice. We had the garlic flavor on this visit; I’ve tried the numbing spicy on a separate visit and did not like it as much. Next time, I’d like to try the regular spicy flavor.
Overall, I enjoyed the food at Sizzling Pot King. While the flavor here is a tad on the heavy side, the meat and veggies are prepared very well, and for the portion size, the pricing was quite reasonable. What we ordered that day – a medium and a large pot – could have easily filled a party of six or more. On a separate visit with just one friend of mine, we ordered a medium and had enough leftovers for yet another meal. Service here is friendly, and if you understand Chinese, the walls are decorated with Chinese puns and jokes, hehe. I’ll definitely be back in the future!
Sizzling Pot King
8058 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego CA 92111