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Hot Pot at Happy Family / Little Lamb - report

The Turtle Bay Dove | Mar 5, 200807:11 AM

I had hot pot this past weekend at Happy Family / Little Lamb. On Main Street just south of Northern Blvd (and so, if you're driving, very convenient to the big municipal lot at Union and 37th). I've only ever had hot pot at Szechuan places in the past, so this was somewhat different. We did half-half - the spicy was more aromatic than what I've had in the past (and of course without szechuan peppercorns) and the non-spicy seemed to have soy milk and jujubes and was therefore a touch sweet. Very tasty.

You start by ordering one meat which also comes with a plate of varied veggies/noodles. We had lamb - thin slices. Then, in addition, we got both fish balls and crispy fish balls which were identical as far as we could tell. Good, though, especially when we left them to cook for a very long time. We got shitakes which were nice, watercress (eh), pork (thin slices - not as good as the lamb), and lamb meatballs which were sensational especially in the spicy broth. I think I'm forgetting something too.

I was exhausted and felt like I was getting sick before I went for hot pot and I don't know if it was the spice or the steam or whatever those mysterious spices/herbs were but it cured what ailed me. In a filling delicious way. Yum.

The spicy was too spicy, especially as it cooked down, to drink as a straight broth, but ladling the two broths together into a bowl was good.

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