Those who love to gather around a steaming Chinese hot pot will bubble with excitement for this San Bruno treasure, which serves up its richly layered and delectable broths in beautiful enamel cloisonné pots bedecked with flowers and birds. On a frosty day (by Bay Area standards), Chinese families cluster around the sizable tabletops to sip and dip, twirling a variety of vegetables, meats, and fish in the simmering cauldrons. Not in the mood for hot pot? Beijing's menu boils over into other Northern Chinese specialties, like smoky, fatty, twice-cooked pork, wok-fried and tossed with crisp bamboo shoots and chopped chilies. Another winner is the flaky, crispy fried pancake stuffed with ground beef, ginger, garlic, scallions, and a touch of sesame oil.
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