Ready for a “numbing spicy” culinary experience? A famous Szechuan hot pot chain has finally made its Silicon Valley debut.
Hai Di Lao, in the planning here for months, has opened at the Main Street Cupertino complex. You can expect crowds: The Chinese chain’s first opening in the state, in 2013 in Arcadia, resulted in that Los Angeles area restaurant being slammed for months.
What can you expect to find when you do get in?
The upscale Hai Di Lao offers individual hot pots (so you won’t have to share or get outvoted by others at your table on spicy or non-spicy broth), organic vegetables, made-from-scratch sauces — and a “dancing noodle” preparation.
You have several broth choices: A classic chile pepper-based Szechuan (what the website cheerfully calls “numbing spicy”); a porcini mushroom one, with a chicken broth base; a seafood one, which combines shrimp, crab, oysters and scallops for the base; a spicy pork one; and a tomato one.
Next, choose your proteins (beef, lamb, chicken, tripe, seafood, soy) and vegetables, then your sauces. Among the options are meatballs handmade of shrimp, beef, scallops or cuttlefish.
Hai Di Lao first opened in 1994 in Jianyang City in the Szechuan province, then expanded rapidly in China. Beijing got its first Hai Di Lao 10 years later.
Details: The Cupertino restaurant is located at 19409 Stevens Creek Blvd. Find menus at www.haidilao.us.
Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle