The new Hot Pot Legend restaurant at One Loudoun is ready for its opening day this weekend. The restaurant is bringing the Chinese hot pot cooking style to the area and The Burn got to try it out during a sneak preview evening this week.
The hot pot concept involves pots of boiling broth situated on the table in front of you. You are then brought plates of meats and vegetables, which you quickly cook in the boiling liquid. When we say quickly, we mean quickly. The meats are so thinly sliced that they cook in 10 seconds or less. You pick the ingredients up with tongs, cook them quickly, and then place them on your plate where you can add sauces chosen at a special sauce bar.
The broths, which are seasoned with ingredients and aromatics to impart flavors, include Sichuan Spicy, Pork Bone, Kimchi, Mushroom, Chicken and Spicy Beef Tallow. Meats on the menu include Fatty Brisket, Spicy Beef, Lamb, Pork Meatball and a variety of organ meats for the more daring diner.
Seafood options include Shrimp, Crawfish, Mussels, Squid and even a Cuttlefish Ball. Veggie and mushroom options include Napa Cabbage, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Pumpkin, White Radish, Wood Mushroom, Shiitake Mushrooms and several types of tofu. There are also a variety of appetizer dishes.
Hot Pot Legend, which is part of a chain from Asia, has an original U.S. location in Rockville, Maryland. The new One Loudoun location in Ashburn is its second here in the states. The restaurant’s soft opening starts this Saturday, January 16. Hot Pot Legend has gone into a prominent spot at the entrance to the center on Exchange Street. It’s the former Aggio restaurant space, across the street from Copperwood Tavern. Below are a couple of snapshots of the Hot Pot Legend menu as well.