Sunday, October 4, 2009

Shu Jiu Xiang

Like any hot pot fan, I was thrilled to be invited to Shu Jiu Xiang, a very popular higher-end local hot pot chain. The Tongzilin location is beautiful and comfortable inside, and the arrangement of tables gives you the feeling of celebrating at a long communal table when it is busy. Their trademark nine-section pot:


If you order yuanyang (some spicy soup and some plain) it comes in the regular concentric pot configuration.

Many hot pot places serve side dishes like fried rice or dumplings that seem little more than afterthoughts, but here they are worth ordering. We saw tables served orders of golden fried mantou, and got an order of crisp and fragrant flatbread. Their sweet black rice congee (黑米粥) is the perfect thing to order after two hours of eating fiery hot pot.

Flatbread (飞饼):



Very good beef:




The hot pot ingredients were all quality. Standouts were the crispy fried pork (酥肉), absolutely delicious in the spicy soup, crunchy pork throat (黄喉), and the unusually thick and chewy sweet potato noodles (苕粉). They have an English menu but the Chinese menu was far more extensive.

Name: 蜀九香
Address: 武侯区紫荆南一街2 号

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