Sichuan Hot Pot
posted December 31, 2014 7:47 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat January 17 at 6:45 PM, Mala Tang
3434 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA, USA (Map & Directions)
MeFites! Who wants to eat Sichuan Hot Pot at Mala Tang? Because I know I do.
For everyone who hasn't had hot pot before, here's how it works. The concept is essentially fondue. Each person gets a little pot of boiling broth (at a lot of other places the pot is communal but Mala Tang does individual ones), you order shared plates of meats, vegetables, and starches that you cook in the broth at your table, and there are also lots of different sauces both mild and spicy to add to it. It's super fun and also the most delicious.

Mala Tang is vegetarian friendly, it's walking distance from the Virginia Square metro station, and it also has free parking.

Confirmed for 1/17! I'll call in on Friday the 16th for a reservation. Pushing the time back a little to fit folks' schedules.
posted by capricorn to Meetup (27 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Great idea! I can do all of those days except the 10th, and prefer a non-Monday option.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 9:24 AM on December 31, 2014

I'm excited about this! Wednesdays or Saturdays work best for me...
posted by warm_planet at 5:58 PM on December 31, 2014

I am interested in this. I could do it 1/12, and potentially 1/17 or 1/18.
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:55 PM on January 1, 2015

I might be up for making the trek from Baltimore if it's the 17th or 18th.
posted by youcancallmeal at 7:18 PM on January 1, 2015

1/17 or 1/18 would work for me this sounds great
posted by skrozidile at 7:03 AM on January 2, 2015

Sounds like 1/17 is the best for most people, so let's go with that! Looking forward to it.
posted by capricorn at 8:17 AM on January 2, 2015

Sounds like fun, I'm in!
posted by Riki tiki at 10:23 AM on January 2, 2015

Okay, looks like I can't make the 17th. Have fun folks!
posted by anotherpanacea at 11:18 AM on January 5, 2015

Hi everyone! I'm going to be coming up from Baltimore via the MARC train, so I was wondering if we could make the dinner a little bit earlier, maybe even to 6PM? The last train leaves at 10:35PM, and I'd like to have as much time as possible to hang with y'all!
posted by facehugger at 8:27 AM on January 6, 2015

Depends how other folks are feeling - I could probably push it back to 6:30 for me personally. Any thoughts?
posted by capricorn at 6:26 AM on January 7, 2015

I'm not going to be able to do the 17th, sadly, but statistically that just means we know ahead of time my maybe is really a no. Have fun everyone.
posted by phearlez at 9:41 AM on January 7, 2015

So I haven't heard from anyone on the timing and I think 6:45 might be our happy medium here. Making it down to VA by 6 would be a stretch for me and I'm thinking it may be the same for some others, so let's do that for now and I hope you can still join us, facehugger.
posted by capricorn at 11:00 AM on January 12, 2015

6:45 sounds great! Excited to meet everyone when we're all gasping and salivating from the overwhelming and decimating power of Sichuan chili peppers!
posted by facehugger at 9:08 PM on January 12, 2015

Oh, sweet, it's on my side of the Potomac! Count me in. I've never had hot pot before, which is shameful since I live less than a block from a place.
posted by bowtiesarecool at 6:13 AM on January 14, 2015

Boo! I'm going to be out of town.
posted by Skwirl at 9:49 AM on January 15, 2015

Getting super excited! I've got a reservation on OpenTable for 7 and I can edit the number of people, so let me know if your Maybe is looking like a Yes. And if anyone does want to hang in Arlington afterward, World of Beer is a mile down the road and is basically a world of beer, so something to keep in mind.
posted by capricorn at 12:41 PM on January 15, 2015

er, for 7 people not 7PM, just to be clear
posted by capricorn at 12:46 PM on January 15, 2015

I'm in too if it's possible to edit the reservation!
posted by doctornecessiter at 7:34 AM on January 16, 2015

Sure thing!
posted by capricorn at 11:44 AM on January 16, 2015

So, hi as mentioned tonight at Star Trek, I have a car and am able to drive a couple people. Please pm me if you'd like to be part of a car pool out there.
posted by warm_planet at 8:31 PM on January 16, 2015

Please update if y'all head to WoB. That's just a handful of blocks from me and my dinner might be done by then. Would be nice to say hi even if it means breaking my boycott of that place.
posted by phearlez at 12:28 PM on January 17, 2015

On the metro now. White dude, jeans, tan shirt, black coat. I didn't realize how generic I look until I wrote that. I'd say "keep an eye out for the generic-looking guy" but that seems unhelpful by definition.
posted by Riki tiki at 3:05 PM on January 17, 2015

I'm here! We are in the back corner
posted by capricorn at 3:46 PM on January 17, 2015

Okay, 87.5% wmata's fault but I'm going to be a few minutes late. Should be there in the next 5m. Apologies.
posted by Riki tiki at 3:48 PM on January 17, 2015

We are heading down to world of beer. Be there in about 20
posted by capricorn at 6:10 PM on January 17, 2015

Big thanks to capricorn for organizing!
posted by everybody had matching towels at 6:19 PM on January 17, 2015

Yep, thanks capricorn! It was great meeting/seeing everyone.
posted by Riki tiki at 10:17 PM on January 17, 2015

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