Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot & Grill
4718 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117
Boyfriend and I went to Little Sheep the other night for some hot pot. Little Sheep is a famous chain of hot pot restaurants, with many locations in Asia and in the US. I've always loved hot pot, but never had Mongolian-style hot pot until Little Sheep opened a few years ago. San Diego is usually one of the last places to get chains I'm interested in trying, so I'm surprised we even have a Little Sheep.
I really enjoy the food at Little Sheep, but don't go often because it's pretty pricey. You have to pay for each dish, and it adds up. While I was waiting for a table, I noticed a sign that Little Sheep now offers a lunch special. For $9.95 a person, you get a plate of various green vegetables, tofu, mushrooms and your choice of meat. It's a pretty good deal because dinner ends up being close to $30 per person every time I go.
Mongolian hot pot uses a broth that is filled with lots of herbs and other "healthy" stuff. It gives the broth a very rich, distinct taste that I enjoy. You can choose from original, spicy, half and half or vegetarian. The spicy is really spicy. Sometimes we get half and half, but this time Boyfriend and I opted for original.
One of the reasons that hot pot ends up being so pricey is that they charge $3.75 per person for the broth. I don't like how they do this. You get the same big bowl of broth no matter how many people you have, so I don't know why they have to charge per person.
There are some cooked items you can order as well. We decided to try a sesame pancake.
I didn't really like this. The outside was fried and crispy and I enjoyed that part. But the inside dough was pretty flavorless.
We also tried a Mongolian meat pie.
The dough is very similar to green onion pancakes, except without the onions. The pie is three layers, with ground meat tucked in between. The meat has very distinct seasoning, much like the broth. I enjoyed the meat pie. Boyfriend enjoyed it even more than me.
Now onto the hot pot items. The meat here is a highlight. The lamb is really good quality, thinly sliced, and oh so flavorful once cooked in the broth. It practically melts in your mouth. The beef is good as well.
We also really liked the thick noodles, which are very chewy. Yum!
Here are pictures of the other hot pot items we ordered:
Here's our pot full of food:
Here are some close-ups of our cooked food:
I love drinking the broth at the end. It's so rich with all the different cooked items.
We were given some tapioca for dessert.
Our meal was delicious, but too expensive in my opinion. Next time I'll try the lunch special.