Sizzling Pot King is a Chinese restaurant specializing in dry hot pots. The restaurant replaced Qi Wei, a similar-style restaurant, towards the end of last year and has been quite popular.
I wasn’t very impressed with the previous restaurant and didn’t have much of a desire to check out the new incarnation. Then Kirk wrote a post and also mentioned to me that he thought I’d enjoy it, so I knew I had to go.
When we arrived, there was quite a few groups ahead of us, but they dish out the food pretty quickly so the wait wasn’t too bad.
Dry pot (also called dry hot pot), usually consists of pre-cooked food served in a heated pot. Unlike traditional hot pot, there is no soup base or need to cook your food. Guests choose from a variety of proteins, which are cooked and then placed into a pot filled with a variety of spicy peppers, herbs, and other spices. The pot also contains some base ingredients like bean sprouts, potatoes, celery, and (in this case) cauliflower. A flame is lit underneath your pot once it reaches your table, allowing the food to heat and absorb more of the spices.
Sizzling Pot King offers quite a large selection of proteins to choose from. You have your standard chicken, beef, lamb, along with more exotic ones like rabbit, and plenty of offal, which I love.
Combo Pot with Tripe and Beef Tongue
We chose a combo pot with tripe and beef tongue, which is served in the large sized pot. This was a lot of food and even though I was starving when we arrived, we only managed to eat about half of it. The proteins were quite flavorful, with a little bit of the numbing feeling from the peppercorns. The dish was spicy, but not unbearable for me.
I chose the tripe, which I really enjoyed. It wasn’t overcooked and still maintained some texture and chew. Mr. K wanted the beef tongue. I felt it was too soft and didn’t really care for it, but he seemed to enjoy it.
We didn’t add any vegetables other than the default ones, but I think I’ll add one or two next time. I did enjoy the cauliflower and celery.
This really hit the spot for me and I foresee multiple revisits in the future.
Overall, we enjoyed the food here. If you enjoy spicy food and dry pots, this is a nice place to eat it at. Service was fast and efficient and we were in and out in under an hour, with plenty of leftovers for another meal.
Sizzling Pot King
8058 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111