Shining Rainbow. Hot Pot. Celina Bean. Daniel B.. AYCE. Awww yeah. Celina loves the hot pot at Shining Rainbow. At $20 for all you can eat per person (plust $10 for the pot of broth), it’s a pretty fun dinner. I think it would be a little on the expensive side for two people, but for a group it’s a really fun way to dine.
I was most excited, because aside from my ghetto hot pot night, I haven’t had hot pot at the grown ups’ table. When I was a kid, it was an adults-only event. Kids got pizza while the adults sat around a table filled with raw goodies, wire skimmers, and a big ass and dangerous bubbling pot of liquid. I would occasionally mooch off an adult and beg for shrimp.
They’d occasionally come over and refresh the broth with some more hot water when it started to get low. God, it really was like the never ending hot pot.
At the end, you choose some noodles. I flip my shit over the yam ones (so chewy and goooood), but the udon ones were pretty decent too. Wasn’t crazy about the shrimp wontons – tasted more like shrimp balls wrapped in wonton skins to me.
Celina’s tip is not to be shy about asking for more food. I get a little weird about it, but hot pot’s one of those things that logistically can’t be a buffet. Service was a little on the slow side, but very friendly and accomodating. The owner came by and we all ended up talking to the next table about a limited edition reprint of a famous Chinese piece of art he’d recently bought. Cool things happen when you hang out with Celina.
Oh, and if you know someone who speaks Chinese, it wouldn’t hurt to bring them. They can totally get by on English, but it’s not their strong suit (sometimes there can be a lot of back and forth confirming and reconfirming). Albany John’s Chinese got us some raw eggs and water a few times. Hell, I don’t speak Chinese, so you’re welcome to borrow Albany John if you want.