There is an elemental and sensual pleasure in cooking meat tabletop in a bubbling cauldron of broth. And when that broth is of the Sichuan variety there’s a bit of adventure to go along with it. Anthony Bourdain discovered that in the Chengdu episode of his CNN program Parts Unknown “as it cooks down, it gets stronger and stronger, and the heat, more intense: a delicious yet unpredictable silt of spice gathering at the bottom of this river of hot lava.”
You can try a bit of the charm and adventure of this pleasure and pain at Sister Ma’s Kitchen is at 5440 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. just west of the 805.