Followers of gargantuan cauldrons of spicy sizzling pot – with even a “dry” model – have a brand new place to sweat this week in Oakland’s Temescal district.
Pixiu Mala Hongtang, which makes a speciality of Korean-Chinese language fusion, is having its gentle opening on July 20 at 4419 Telegraph Ave. within the former location of Japanese spot, Izza. Amongst different menu gadgets, it’ll be serving malatang, a spicy and numbing soup, and mala xiang guo, a brothless and stir-fried model of sizzling pot. Each dishes will be personalized with as many as 50 substances you select at a self-serve bar, akin to udon or ramen noodles, tofu pores and skin or fried tofu, rice desserts, greens, ham, several types of mushrooms and meats loaded onto skewers.
The restaurant’s location in L.A.’s Koreatown – it additionally has offshoots in Texas and Portland, Oregon – guarantees on its Instagram a “taste explosion that can take your style buds on a fiery journey.” There’s not a lot on-line presence for the Oakland location, however a brand new signal on the facade declares, it’s a “area the place new flavors and happiness can co-exist. Pixiu Mala Hongtang is a Korean model that focuses on malatang, a well-liked soup dish. The model attracts inspiration from Pixiu, the god of wealth, which represents success and prosperity.”
The soup base is available in spice ranges from 0 to 4, with 1 reportedly already sufficient to get your forehead sweating. In the event you’re not a heat-seeker, you would possibly wish to order rigorously. The soup additionally appears to be peanut-based, so diners with allergy symptoms might wish to steer clear.
The foodie content-creators have already flocked to this fiery model. Nina Cereno of Saiko Meals visited the L.A. location and wrote that one bowl “could possibly be $25-$30 and sufficient to feed 2-4 individuals to be sincere! I additionally did a 0.5 spice degree… and it’s truly fairly spicy so be careful for that sichuan spice!” And Mike Chen of Strictly Dumping hit up the department in Carrollton, Texas, and famous (maybe with some hyperbole) that his bowl weighed “six or seven kilos” and “will destroy no matter shirt or outfit you’re sporting,” so “one hundred pc bib up.”
Particulars: Pixiu Mala Hongtang, 4419 Telegraph Ave., Oakland; discover extra data on the L.A. location’s Instagram at instagram.com/pixiumalahongtang_ktown_la.