The hot pot as a culinary culture may have originated in East Asia but it’s certainly a cult favorite in the United States. Also known as steamboat in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and Thailand, a hot pot refers to the metal pot filled with simmering stock placed at the center of the table. The ingredients, such as thinly-sliced meat, leafy vegetables, wontons, tofu, seafood, and egg dumplings, are placed into the simmering stock for cooking.
In the United States, there are dozens of hot pot restaurants but only a few are loved as much as the Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot! The chain’s restaurants are usually buzzing with diners, even during relatively warm days although winter is the peak season. The hot pot’s warming quality, after all, is best enjoyed during cold days and nights.
Below are the latest Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot menu prices.
|Half and Half (Original & Spicy)||$3.95|
|Vegetarian Mushroom Soup Base||$3.95|
|New Zealand Prime-aged Lamb||$11.95|
|New Zealand Spring Lamb||$9.95|
|Supreme Lamb Shoulder Slice||$7.95|
|Supreme Lamb Leg Slice||$7.95|
|Lamb Shoulder with Red Wine Flavor||$8.95|
|American-Style Kobe Beef||$13.95|
|Prime Ribs Beef||$10.95|
|Hand Sliced Supreme Fatty Beef||$8.95|
|Supreme Fatty Beef with Beer Flavor||$8.95|
|Supreme Beef Slice||$7.95|
|Beef & Lamb Combo||$9.95|
|Chicken Breast Slice||$6.95|
|Assorted Meat Combo Platter||$13.95|
|House Made Lamb Meat Ball||$7.95|
|House Made Beef Meat Ball||$7.95|
|House Made Shrimp Ball||$8.95|
|3 Assorted House Meat Balls||$9.95|
|Fu Chou Fish Ball (with Filler)||$6.95|
|Fish Ball with Fish Roe Filler||$6.95|
|Beef Tendon Ball||$5.95|
|Fried Fish Tofu||$6.95|
|Seafood Combo Platter||$13.95|
|Mini Pork Sausage||$5.95|
|Green Leaf Lettuce||$3.95|
|Baby Bok Choy||$3.95|
|Assorted Vegetable Platter||$8.95|
Tofu, Mushroom & Other
|Fried Tofu Pod||$3.95|
|Fried Tofu Sheet||$3.95|
|Bean Curd Stick||$3.95|
|Bean Curd Knot||$3.95|
|Tofu Combo Platter||$5.95|
|King Oyster Mushroom||$4.95|
|Assorted Mushroom Platter||$10.95|
|House Special Wide Noodle||$4.95|
|Taro Vermicelli Knot||$3.95|
|Shanxi Knife Cut Noodle||$3.95|
|Egg Noodle (Uncooked)||$3.95|
|Fresh Starch Ball||$4.99|
|Spicy Beef Tendon||$5.95|
|Mongolian Vinegar Peanut||$4.95|
|Mongolian Lamb Skewer (4 Pc.)||$6.95|
|Mongolian Beef Skewer (4 Pc.)||$6.95|
|BBQ Chicken Skewer (4 Pc.)||$5.95|
|BBQ Shrimp Skewer (2 Pc.)||$6.95|
|Mini Pork Sausage Skewer (2 Pc.)||$3.50|
Rice and Pancake
|House Made Pork & Shrimp Dumpling||$7.25|
|House Made Lamb Dumpling||$7.25|
|Sweet Corn Flour Pancake (3 Pc.)||$3.95|
|Red Bean Paste Yam Cake (2 Pc.)||$3.95|
|Phoenix Yolk Bun (3 Pc.)||$4.95|
|Sesame Ball (6 Pc.)||$3.95|
Beverage, Beer & Wine
|Hot Brown Rice Green Tea||$0.99|
|Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Iced Tea, or Lemonade||$2.25|
|Apple, Orange, or Cranberry Juice||$2.95|
|Fresh Coconut Juice||$4.95|
|Jia Duo Bao Herbal Tea||$2.75|
|Tsingtao, Corona, or Heineken||$4.50|
|Draft - Sapporo, Sam Adams (Glass)||$5.50|
|Draft - Sapporo, Sam Adams (Pitcher)||$20.00|
|Tsingtao Regular (Large)||$6.95|
|Cold Sake (Bottle)||$7.95|
|California Red or White Wine (Glass)||$6.00|
|California Red or White Wine (Bottle)||$24.00|
|Red Sangria (Sweet) - Glass||$5.50|
|Leek Flower Sauce||$0.50|
|Garlic Paste with Sesame Oil||$0.50|
|Chef's Special Spicy Sauce||$0.50|
The Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot has been around for several years with locations across the United States.
What They’re Famous For
The restaurant chain is obviously well-known for its Mongolian hot pot menu. The hot pot is, indeed, the essence of DIY cooking with the simmering pot of flavorful stock placed in the middle of the table while the ingredients are placed around it. The diners can then toss the ingredients into the pot as they see fit, take a serving of their preferred ingredients, and start eating to their heart’s content.
The ingredients appear to vary between branches depending on the ethnic composition of the neighborhood. In general, diners can choose from 35 to 85 ingredients so there’s always something for everybody’s personal preferences. The ingredients usually include meats, seafood, and leafy vegetables, to name a few of the main items, as well as sundry spices.
Why Eat Here
The Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot restaurants are among the best chains for flavorful and filling hot pots. Each restaurant usually has large tables equipped with built-in stovetops for the metal pot, thus, ensuring that the broth continues to simmer the entire time. Over the tables are shiny ventilation hoods so diners don’t have to be overwhelmed by the varying smells of raw meats, vegetables and seafood cooking in various stages.
The waiters deliver fast and friendly service so diners can quickly get down to the order of business – eating to satisfy their minds and bodies. The atmosphere may evoke a factory-style hot pot place instead of the usual family-style restaurant but there’s an upside to it. The diners are assured that their orders will come within 10-15 minutes or so instead of the usual half-hour waiting time.
Before getting to the hot pot proper, diners can munch on the appetizers first, if they so wish. The choices include lamb and beef skewers, Mongolian beef pie, sesame pancakes, pot stickers, pickled whole garlic, and steamed dumplings, even a cucumber salad and vinegar-flavored peanuts. Just be sure to avoid filling up too much, too soon on these appetizers since the main course is still to come.
The hot pot, the main course, isn’t just a single item, too. Diners have to choose from a few soup bases, namely, Original, Original Spicy, and Half & Half, which will be followed by the choice in broth – Mild, Medium, Spicy, and Extra Spicy. Diners who are on a vegetarian diet can choose the vegetarian option while people on a low-salt diet also have the low-sodium soup base.
Now that the soup and broth base have been decided on, the next step is choosing the ingredients. The choices include meats, such as lamb shoulder, choice rib eye, Angus short rib, Angus rib eye, kurobuta pork, Jidori chicken, pork belly, shrimp balls, tiger prawns, cod fillets, and scallops, to name a few. There are also noodles, such as fresh-cut noodles and udon noodles; vegetables, such as Napa cabbage, baby bok choy, and mushrooms in several varieties (e.g., enoki, shiitake, shimeji, and oyster); pork blood rice cakes, fried fish cakes, and imitation crab.
Wontons and steamed rice are also available. The extra carbs are popular, too, because hot pots are a great way to indulge in food, especially during the colder months of the year.
Don’t forget the sauces on the dipping bowls. The choices include sesame, sacha and fermented beans, among others. Ask your waiters about the suggested blends at the Sauce Bar, said blends of which enhance the flavors of the hot pot ingredients.
Must-have food on the menu include the mushroom basket with its slender enokis and meaty shiitakes; the potato noodles for satisfying slurping of their chewy texture; and the medium broth, which is just the right level of spicy. Be sure to try the Half & Half soup base and the beef and lamb combo, too.
The Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is also a kid-friendly and family-friendly chain. The open kitchen allows diners to watch the chefs at work while the alcohol selection, such as beer, wine, sake and soju, caps off their meals. With the reasonable Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot prices, no wonder that the chain is popular with groups, too.
To learn more about Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.littlesheephotpot.com.