My brother and I had just seen Star Wars Ep 3 (WHICH RULED!!!) at the Puente Hills Mall. We were starving
but the movie didnt leave us much of an appetite for charred meat as we had planned Korean BBQ afterwards. So off we went in search for something new! We made a right turn on Colima coming up from Azusa to start our troll. Immediately we saw a HUGE Grand Opening Sign and a happy little ram head underneath! Little Sheep! In Hacienda Heights! We turned right in!!
I had never actually been to Little Sheep, but have always heard such great things about it. Its a Mongolian Hot Pot restaurant. Your party sits around a table where a HUGE bowl of broth boils. Inside the broth is a complete WORLD of spices, Garlic, Ginger, Chiles, so many to name, so many I didnt even know their names!! Then, you dip meats, veggies, anything in the broth and enjoy!!
As we walk up towards the restaurant, not even through the door yet, we could just SMELL it. The amazing smells of cooking and herbs just made us RAVENOUS! Thankfully because its new, we just walked in and sat down (they expect quite a few more customers as the word gets out Im sure, they had a big basket full of beepers by the hostess stand!). After a bit of a communications gap, we managed to order the #2 broth, a split bowl with one side spicy (The amount of dried chiles swimming in this broth was astounding!) and the other mild (VERY Garlicy. One of the last things I did to close the meal, was to take one of the super soft boiled garlic teeth and mash it into my rice. Hmm ). Then to dip we ordered:
Sliced Beef ($4.50): Frozen thin slices of meat. Very generous portion. They also have what they called Fat Beef Sliced, for the same price, I imagine its just fattier meat to add more richness to the broth.
Sliced Pork ($4.50): Just like the beef, but the flavor of this pork was excellent. VERY porky. It was also very fatty Hmmm!! I love it mixed in with rice
Spicy Cabbage ($2.00): I still had a bit of Korean jones, and I thought this might be Kim Chee Nope, instead it was lightly blanched cabbage drizzled with chile oil and coated with crushed dried chiles. Intense, but amazing when eaten with the rice and freshly cooed meat.
Pork Meat Ball ($3.25): Everything from the kitchen comes pretty much frozen, so as soon as we got them, we dumped half in the mild broth and half in the spicy. We continued with chowing down on the sliced meats, and then later had the meatballs when they were all well done and had just SOAKED up the rich broth like a sponge. They were still very porky, but so good! :)
Shiitake Mushrooms ($2.50): Quite a few of fresh and stemmed Shiitake. Just like the meatballs, we let them boil around a bit in each broth and soak up all the wonderful flavors.
Finally, and my favorite item: Egg Dumplings ($3.25): These were the most unique thing we ordered (although the menu had lots of unique things! Buddahs Hand Melon?!). They were meat dumplings, the wrapper instead of being dough, was a super thin omlette! We ate these by placing them into the little soup bowls and covering them in broth. We ate them a few minuted later like a dumpling soup. Again, the wrapper, being like an omlette soaked up the broth and allowed the broth to penetrate the meat inside!
With two smoothies (Taro Coconut Cream and Mango at $2.50 each) and a plate charge of $3.50 each (Which I thought was the charge for the broth, but looking at the menu now, I dont see $7.00 for broth, but $3.50 on top of the menu with Chinese characters). It came out to about $35. It wasnt a bad price for so much food (WAY too much for two, but we didnt regret it! :)
Little Sheep has three locations in So Cal, all in SGV
227 W. Valley Blvd in San Gabriel
120 S. Atlantic Blvd in Monterey Park (Which I always passed looking longly as I went to Dim Sum to Ocean Star)
1695 Azusa Ave in Hacienda Heights (Where we went! On the corner of Colima and Azusa, across the street form the mall in the 99 Ranch Shopping Center)