At Hot Kitchen, the hot pot comes pre-prepared, removing your ability to dunk your own ingredients. To some, then, the malatang(pictured) at this East Village restaurant might not be as authentic as purists would like. Such critics might also scoff at the American Chinese section of the menu, with its orange beef and chicken with broccoli. Yet, no matter who mixes this mess, what arrives table side is acomplicated stew of greens and mushrooms, competing to see who can soak up the most chili oil favor. We’ll call it a draw as soon as our lips stop tingling.