麻辣烫 |Potluck Cafe 三菜一汤| Chinatown Boston, MA

MALA

Potluck Cafe 三菜一汤 is one of my favorite lunch spots in chinatown when i used to work in downtown. it’s located in an alley in chinatown that might look sketchy even during the day. if its not too ghetto for you or you are feeling adventurous, potluck cafe def offers the best deal in chinatown and good quality food for the price. the set up is similar to panda express but with more choices and better tasting authentic chinese food. any 3 entrees of your choice with soup and rice/noodles for only $6.25!!!!!!! (used to be $5.75) the best part about it is their food is not as greasy/oily as other places.

anyways, this post is NOT about their ‘3 entrees deal’. potluck cafe also serves malatang ‘麻辣烫’, a super popular spicy street food especially in beijing which originated from sichuan spicy hot pot.

in beijing, you can pick out whatever you would like to eat and they boil the ingredients in numbing and spicy broth.

at potluck cafe, you dont get to pick out every single ingredient, but you can choose a set of ingredients

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ok, for those of you that dont read chinese, i ll translate for you since im so nice.
from left to right
vegetables combo: green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake), peanuts
lamb combo: lamb with green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake), peanuts
tripes combo: tripes with green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake) peanuts
beef combo: beef with green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake),peanuts
seafood combo: shrimp, squid, fish balls with green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake), peanuts

we got both lamb combo and beef combo and liked the lamb better
ML

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i asked for extra spicy, but its not crazy spicy and numbing but had a great kick to it. i appreciated the numbness which hard to find in boston.
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you can see steams coming out in this picture. a cold winter night, nothing is more satisfying than wolfing down a hot soupy spicy tasty malatang, not to mention it’s super cheap and reminds me of home. $8 no tip, no tax.
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looks like they also have 麻辣香锅 (dry version of malatang)水煮牛肉 (spicy beef) and 水煮鱼 (spicy fish). i ll have to try them out soon.
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after malatang, pork belly wanted to stop by for some egg tarts. im NOT a fan of flakey egg tarts; i like the ones with crumbly crusts.
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Potluck Cafe
hours: 10am to 10pm
Category: Chinese
7 Knapp St
(at Beach St)
Boston, MA 02111
Neighborhood: Chinatown
(617) 482-1188

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6 thoughts on “麻辣烫 |Potluck Cafe 三菜一汤| Chinatown Boston, MA

  1. Now that the “new c Mart Super ” is open adjacent, perhaps the alley will remain clean of debris. The price was destined to go up! The folks are humble. Soup is great. Several tables anjd kept clean. Go with a hungery crowd.

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