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Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Food in focus: Mala Tang

Diners enjoy personal hot pots with housemade noodles at Mala Tang Restaurant in Arlington. (By Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

In this week’s Dining column, Candy Sagon visits Arlington’s Mala Tang . The six-month-old Clarendon restaurant is the brainchild of chef Liu Chaosheng, whose Uncle Liu's Hot Pot is a Falls Church Sichuan destination. Unlike Uncle Liu’s, which serves full-size hot pots for groups, Mala Tang is an individual dining experience, offering hot pots for solo diners. Check out the scene in Scott Suchman’s delectable photos:

Hot pots sit perilously close to the edge. (By Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Spicy cold noodles are just one of the restaurant’s winning street food-inspired dishes. (By Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post) (Scott Suchman - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

The table gets pretty crowded with all the accoutrements of hot pot dining. (By Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

With Zhong dumplings, mushroom salad and spicy cold noodles on the starters menu, many diners never even make it to the restaurant’s signature hot pots. (By Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

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