UPCOMING EVENTS

Earth Kitchen serves fast casual hotpot, offers refreshing tastes

By Jewelyn Co

Earth Kitchen is located at 235 W. Main St., Unit B, Alhambra.

As the trends of craft-your-own dishes and opting for healthier options rise, Earth Kitchen brings this movement to Alhambra. Located at 235 W. Main St, Unit B, Earth Kitchen was established in 2017 with the idea of crafting a nutritious fast casual hotpot. Hotpot is a Chinese cooking method that is prepared at the dining table with a simmering pots of soup combined with broth and varieties of ingredients such as thinly sliced meats like beef, chicken, fresh seafood, and vegetables such as cabbage, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, and carrots, which are placed into the boiling pot to be cooked at the table.

Earth Kitchen offers crafting-your-own hotpot with choices of locally grown fresh seasonal vegetables, seafood, and high-quality meat ingredients, with rice or noodles. There have been other types of hotpot where individual bowls are preset with ingredients. Hotpot enthusiast Avery Wang decided to offer this particular style of hotpot because she wanted her customers to have a hotpot the way they want and not just to have a preset hotpot.

"At Earth Kitchen, we want our customers to choose and make their soup the way they like it,” she said. “Our servings are perfectly portioned to balance the diet in daily meals, and the servings are balancing the diet of vegetables, meats, and carbs.”

The flavorful chicken and pork bone broth soup bases are made daily and have no MSG or additives. They are simmered for eight hours with 32 healthy herbs. At the bar styled counter, customers can craft their own style of hotpot and pick a broth from choices of Szechuan, kimchi, tomato, and tom yum, then pick out the vegetables and choose the meats or seafood. The ingredients are specially prepared and cooked at an appropriate time for each ingredient. This way they can be cooked to perfection quickly.

The hearty soup is served on a clay pot to be kept warm. Balance the soup with carbohydrates such as rice or noodles. Special cooking preparation is required for the spiciest soups because the ingredients cannot be combined at the same time. Order a regular sized bowl for individuals or make it a hotpot for two for sharing. Prepared and made to order, each bowl can be adjusted to special requests for customers’ liking. Assortments of dipping sauces are great for adding flavorful tastes. The spiciness level can go from mild, medium, spicy, to extra spicy that can numb the taste buds.

Appetizers, preset and dry hotpot dishes, are also on the menu. Refreshing drinks like barley, tea, jasmine, chrysanthemum, and black and green tea are great to cool off the heat from the hotpot . Delivery services such as Ubereats, Postmates, and Doordash are available. Lunch specials are from Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with specials starting at $9.98 for choices of three vegetables, two proteins, and rice or noodles.

Follow them on social media at @earthkitchenhotpot, Instagram, and Facebook and get one free topping. Make sure to check in on Yelp to receive 99-cent barbecue fries. Visit www.earthkitchenhotpot.com for more information, menu, and store hours.

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