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]