Huang Cheng Lao Ma
In a city famous for hot pot, this is the most famous of the hot pot restaurants.
|seating along conveyor belt at Huang Cheng Lao Ma hot pot restaurant in Chengdu, China
This traditional meal is served in untraditional style here and includes a buffet that alone could fill you up. You can choose from dim sum-style dumplings, fresh fruit, and salad, and also mix up your own dipping sauce. Diners have a choice of sitting at small tables, or at a long raised bar where a moving conveyor belt presents constantly changing selections for you to put in your personal hot pot. Hot pots come in mild, hot, and extra hot (hot is so hot that I didn’t want to find out what extra hot is like). Opting for the basic yuanyang style (half spicy, half mild) seems like the way to go. I especially liked the mushrooms, but did not even try the fish heads. Rumor has it that Michelle Obama ate here. A free “children-keeping” area is on the second floor for under age 6, and a tea house is on the fourth floor.
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image and video ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meye