Uncle Liu's Hot Pot
2972 Gallows Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22031
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Open daily for lunch and dinner 11 to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Half-and-half hot pot with such add-ons as flounder, watercress, beef, fried pork, and enoki mushrooms.
Hot pots, $6 to $10, plus add-ons, $2.95 to $6.95.
Hong Kong Palace owner Liu Chaosheng opened this Szechuan hot-pot place in March, bringing a Chinese dining tradition little seen in this area. Diners choose between a mild or peppercorn-spiked broth—we like the half-and-half pot, which features both—then choose à la carte add-ons that are dipped and cooked at the table. Heaping vegetable baskets and plates of fish, dumplings, and rolled slices of meat arrive in waves, all making the broth richer as they’re added throughout the meal. The dipping sauces are also do it yourself and can be concocted at a sauce bar—ask a server for advice on mixing the dozen ingredients.
Don’t miss: Half-and-half hot pot with such add-ons as flounder, watercress, beef, fried pork, and enoki mushrooms.
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