Taichi Pot Taiwanese Mala Shabu Shabu, Santa Clara, CA
The name Taichi might mislead you into thinking it is a Chinese/Taiwanese/Cantonese hot pot shop but dinner here is more similar to typical Japanese Shabu Shabu. You won’t be dumping a million things in random order to your hotpot. Your meal would consist of a generous bowl of vegetable, a plate of meat of your choice, and either vermicelli or rice on the side.
The main thing that set them apart from other shabu shabu joint is the choice of broth. They offer a pretty decent Chinese style spicy mala broth rather than simple Japanese soya or clear broth. You will also find satay sauce instead of the standard sesame sauce. Consider this a Chinese+Japanese hybrid restaurant.
Quality of the meat was good. Angus beef, lamb and pork were all fresh and tender. Other fixing such as dumplings and noodles were quite good as well.
Service was a bit slow at times but enthusiastic.