Hip Hot: Best Szechuan food in Los Angeles

Amazing spicy chicken starter at Hip Hot LA

Our Rating

I am definitely the worst food blogger on earth. I haven’t written a post in 4 months. To be fair, I took a job in a London late February and have been traveling so much I haven’t been able to catch a breath. Believe it or not the blog is not my full time job and sadly doesn’t pay any bills…….But my recent meal at Hip Hot in LA deserves a post!

My friend Oli has been telling me to stop complaining about food in LA and head east. We live in West LA and food is a bit flat but the traffic is so vile we get very lazy taking Ubers all the way east. To be fair other friends (Guy, HJ, Jet) have been also saying that so shame on us! Oli organized a dinner on a Sunday, which meant no traffic. We even rented a car for the weekend (we have been living in LA for 1.5 years without a car, nuts). It took us 30 minutes to get to the tastiest Szechwan food. Damn why didn’t we do this before????

Chef Tien at Hip Hot was in charge and just sent us food. I was afraid of the level of spiciness but she probably adjusted to a medium heat as there were nine of us and probably not all as tolerant to ultra Szechwan level heat. The entire dinner was absolutely fantastic and hard to pick favorites but these were the must eats:

Noodles with mungbeans to start off the meal. Perfectly cooked and and spicy and refreshing at once.
Noodles with mung beans at Hip Hot

Noodles with mung beans at Hip Hot

Chicken in chilies with peanuts. Tender chicken and chilies with nice peanuts for crunch.

Amazing spicy chicken starter at Hip Hot LA

Amazing spicy chicken starter at Hip Hot LA

And so much more. The shrimp was mind blowing.
Stir Fry shrimp with Szechwan chilies at Hip Hot

Stir Fry shrimp with Szechwan chilies at Hip Hot

Cold Surfer clam was so gorgeous inside and out. The perfect clams were hiding some broccoli tossed in a light wasabi infused sauce. So delicate and delicious and very not szechwan.
Surfer clam at Hip Hot LA

Surfer clam at Hip Hot LA

The meal was truly amazing and I can’t wait for the opening of their hot pot place in Swatelle as it’s much closer to our place. But I definitely would drive longer than 30 minutes to have her food again.

Other dishes we loved:

Cauliflower and jalapenos at Hip Hot

Cauliflower and jalapenos at Hip Hot

Insanely addictive salad with peanut sauce

Insanely addictive salad with peanut sauce

Super spicy Mao Po Tofu at Hip Hot

Super spicy Mao Po Tofu at Hip Hot

Delicious beef salad

Delicious beef salad

In sum: delicious food worth the drive from wherever you come from. Also, the place has very cute details like the Chef’s toys placed underneath the glass tables.

And their signature dish is the spicy giant crab  the chef wanted us to try other dishes but I must must come back for the crab.

Hip Hot

500 N Atlantic Blvd #149, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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