Ah-Lien Hot Pot

From Lu Gi to Ah-Lien. From San Gabriel, Temple City, Rowland Heights, to Irvine.
I’ve been eating Mr. Lu’s hot pot for 20 years!
To this day, this is still my favorite hot pot.

從以前的盧記吃到現在的阿蓮,從聖蓋博,天普市,羅蘭岡吃到爾灣,
我已經吃了盧老闆的麻辣鍋20年了,
一直到現在,這個火鍋湯底始終是我的最最愛!

Ah-Lien Hot Pot

Unfortunately, the Irvine location is no longer owned by Mr. Lu.
Now Mr. Lu is back at the Rowland Heights location.
Lucky for us, we are only 20 minutes away now.

很可惜盧老闆已經把爾灣分店轉手了,
現在回到了羅蘭岡的本店,
太高興我們搬家後離羅蘭岡只要20分鐘就到了。

Ah-Lien Hot Pot

While waiting for the hot pot soup to boil, we headed over to the sauce bar to make our dipping sauce.
The soup base doesn’t have any MSG in it.
So for people who like to add MSG, there’s a bottle of MSG powder at the sauce bar.. LOL!

在等湯開的時候,先去自己做個沾醬。
阿蓮的湯頭完全沒有味精,
所以喜歡味精口味的客人,可以去沾醬區拿味精自己加。
(很好笑,真的有人會自己加味精嗎?)

Ah-Lien Hot Pot

My favorite dipping sauce for spicy hot pot is simple.
Green onion, cilantro, garlic, vinegar, and sesame oil.

我最喜歡的麻辣鍋沾醬很簡單,
蔥末,香菜,蒜末,醋和香油。

Ah-Lien Hot Pot
鴛鴦鍋底 Hot Pot Soup Base | $3.95/person

Yes, it’s boiling! Time for hot pot feast.
We ordered 1/2 spicy soup and 1/2 sour cabbage soup.
The spicy soup base came with leeks and tofu.
The sour cabbage soup base came with sour cabbage and frozen tofu.
It is seriously the best hot pot soup base I’ve had.
No salt, no MSG. Just true flavor from vegetables, bones, and spices.

湯頭滾了,可以開始吃火鍋大餐囉!
我們點了鴛鴦鍋,一邊是麻辣鍋,一邊是酸白菜鍋,
麻辣鍋湯頭裡有蒜苗和豆腐,入味的豆腐超好吃,
酸白菜鍋那邊有酸白菜和凍豆腐,
這真的是洛杉磯地區最好吃的火鍋湯頭,
又香又甘醇,沒有鹽,沒有味精,
完全都是用真正食材和香料熬煮出來的。

Now let’s see what we had.

來看看我們點了哪些好料。

Ah-Lien Hot Pot
黑牛肉 Sliced Angus Beef | $6.95
Ah-Lien Hot Pot
羊肉 Sliced Mutton | $6.95
Ah-Lien Hot Pot
肥腸 Pork Intestine | $5.95
Ah-Lien Hot Pot
豬血 Pork Blood | (Half) $2.95
Ah-Lien Hot Pot
貢丸 Pork Balls | (Half) $2.30
Ah-Lien Hot Pot
杏鮑菇 King Mushroom | (Half) $1.95
蠔菇 Oyster Mushroom | (Half) $1.95
Ah-Lien Hot Pot
凍豆腐 Frozen Tofu | (Half) $1.65
Ah-Lien Hot Pot
茼蒿 Tung Ho | $3.50

Everything was good and fresh.
We even had enough leftover for another meal.

所有食材都非常新鮮,份量十足,
我們吃好飽還有剩,第二天又吃了一餐。

The hot pot feast only cost about $40 for 2 people.
It’s about the same for shabu shabu.
But we feel we get much better and much more food at Ah-Lien.
We love this restaurant.
Now the weather is cold, it’s perfect for hot pot.
I can eat this every day, I think.

我們兩個人吃這樣差不多$40,
跟吃日式小火鍋差不多一樣,
但是感覺吃麻辣鍋更好吃,種類比較多,份量也比較大,
真的好愛阿蓮麻辣鍋,
現在天氣比較冷,最適合吃麻辣鍋,
要我天天吃這個,我可以! 哈哈…

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