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Bite Now: Taiwanese popcorn chicken at Pot Tea Social House

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While you’re searching for the hot pot of your dreams, the perfect popcorn chicken could be right under your nose.
Photo: L.E. Baskow
Jason Harris

Ever go on a first date expecting great things only to randomly meet a more exciting stranger after your date leaves? My experience at Pot Tea Social House was kind of like that.

The specialty is Asian hot pots, large vessels filled with assorted meats, veggies and seafood that continue to cook at your table. The broth in the ribeye beef pot ($11.99) was beefy but not deeply flavorful, and while the Veggie Delight ($11.99) was stocked with everything from daikon to lotus root to pumpkin, its broth lacked punch. My favorite broth came with the lobster pot ($19.99).

But then there was Pot Tea’s Taiwanese popcorn chicken, which exceeded expectations exponentially. A friend said the dish was like the version sold on the streets of Taiwan—only better. Coated in a perfectly seasoned rice-flour batter, it’s an addictive bite with a texture far superior to the American iteration.

So remember: While you’re out there searching for the hot pot of your dreams, the perfect popcorn chicken could be right under your nose.

Pot Tea Social House 7815 S. Rainbow Blvd. #102, 702-749-9499. Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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