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China's famed Hai Di Lao brings its hot pot to San Gabriel Valley
China's famed Hai Di Lao brings its hot pot to San Gabriel Valley

What is it like to eat at Hai Di Lao, the Ferrari of Chinese hot pot restaurants, to assemble your dipping sauce from an infinite bank of possibilities, to swish your bits of meat and fish through your own pot of seasoned broth instead of having to endure a communal pot that may not be precisely adjusted to your taste? Do the endless pitchers of watermelon juice signify abundance, or are they merely refreshing? Is it possible for glossy Chinese pop to be played any more loudly? Is the proper uniform for hot pot abundance really a little black dress? And do you need to tip the noodle dancer? When you talk to businesspeople back from quick trips to Shanghai or Beijing, the restaurant they...

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