Mongolian Little Sheep Hot Pot

When it’s cold and dreary outside, there’s nothing better than hot pot for warming up the soul.  Fortunately, there’s quite a few hot pot restaurants located around the Lower Mainland where you can get your fix.  Mongolian Little Sheep Hot Pot is conveniently located in Lansdowne Mall in Richmond.

On our last visit to this location almost a year ago, the thing that struck us was that the food was quite good but the service sucked (shocker, huh?).  Unlike the last time we were here, the place was packed on our recent sojourn so we were really concerned that the service would be subpar.  I honestly don’t know why the service is so slow at a hot pot location (given that you’re cooking your own food).

This time around we picked up 2 mini hot pots (instead of the AYCE) that came with the house special soup broth with ginger, green onions, goji berries, and garlic cloves.

The sauce station is self-serve in the middle of the restaurant and doesn’t have a huge selection of items but I like the fact that you can create your own sauce to suit your personal tastes.  While you do get free prune juice here, it took quite a while for it to arrive at our table.  Actually, a lot of the other tables around us (that came in after us) received theirs first… ours came out near the end of our meal.  It wasn’t a big deal for me because I find prune juice to be a little too sweet and didn’t finish it.

The Traditional ($11.99) comes with thinly slice lamb shoulder, beef omasum (tripe), meat balls, veggies, and noodles.

The House Special ($11.99) comes with fatty beef, bean curd rolls, pollock sticks, tofu, vegetables, and noodles.

We also picked up a Stewed Beef with Pancake ($5.99).  The pancake here was quite crispy throughout… as I continued eating this dish, I found that it was too crispy/crunchy and I was missing a bit of the chewy texture that I’m used to on the inside of the pancake.  The beef and hoisin sauce were a little haphazard and I found some pieces to have more beef and/or sauce than other pieces.

So it doesn’t seem like time has changed this restaurant at all… still good food but the service is quite lacking.  I’ve seen a new location has opened up across from Metrotown so we’re sure to try them out in the near future.

405 – 5300 No. 3 Rd
Richmond, BC

www.littlesheephotpot.com

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Posted on December 5, 2012, in Chinese, Hot Pot, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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