Family Style is at the core of serving and enjoying any Chinese meal. You order your dishes and they arrive as they are made, placed in the centre of the table for all to enjoy. For Mongolian Hot Pot you can take it one step further and not only share the food family style but you also cook it together. I’ve been waiting to try some Hot Pot since the start of this culinary adventure into Chinese food but I’ve been waiting till I had a big enough group of people to share it with. That day has finally arrived and we are going to Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot on West Broadway. One of only 14 restaurants in all of Metro Vancouver I could find by Googling Hot Pot Vancouver. I’m so excited to give it a try.
Little Sheep has three locations to choose from in the Lower Mainland. One in Richmond, one along Kingsway and the location closest to my home at 1788 West Broadway at Burrard Street. Parking is a challenge before 6pm along West Broadway so I suggest you either cab it or take one of the transit buses that drop you off right in front.
Joining me for this dinner celebration tonight are friends Gus and Nancy and my Mom and my Nephew who have come to town to visit me. We are a party of five and ready to start our first Hot Pot experience. Tip #1 make a reservation. We tried to eat here on another night but without a reservation we would have had to wait over an hour.
As soon as we are seated we are handed a Pink sheet of paper that doubles as the menu. Step #1 one is to choose our broth. Because this is a first for all of us we choose half spicy and half original. The broth is the first thing our waiter brings to our table and it is placed in the centre on an induction plate which is set to high. Within minutes the broth is boiling hot waiting for some ingredients to cook.
For ingredients we order a wide selection including thinly sliced Pork, Garlic Beef slices and some chicken wings. For Vegetables it’s a bit of Napa Cabbage, a Variety of Mushrooms, Spinach, Watercress, Sweet Corn pieces and some Sweet Potato slices. All in all a very well balanced meal. Oh I almost forgot an order of Rice Vermicelli Noodles as well.
While we are waiting for our ingredients to come we head off to the sauce bar to pick the sauces we’d like to go with our meal. There is quite a selection to choose from including a Sriracha, Chilli Oil, Vinegar, Satay Sauce and a Peanut Sauce.
We have our steaming Hot Pot of broths ready, our raw ingredients have arrived and we now have our dipping sauces all selected. We are ready to cook. One by one we take the raw ingredients and put them in the broth of our choice. Usually we split the ingredients up 50/50 between the two broths. Speaking of the broths they are amazing. The original is by far our favourite but the spicy one is also good. As the meal progresses the spicy one just gets spicier…
I have to imagine this is a very healthy way of cooking. You pick the ingredients and cook them in a very healthy broth. There is little to no fat involved unless you sauce your food really heavily. For our first time I think we did quite well but now that I’ve experienced it once I think I know how to better pace myself and next time I’m only ordering the Original Broth and I will add some of the spicy sauces to kick the heat up when I want it spicy. Hot Pot is best enjoyed with a group as you get a lot of food and this way you can enjoy a lot of variety in your ingredients. The price is the same regardless as it’s $20.98 per person, All You Can Eat.
Hot Pot is best enjoyed as a group. Great value for your $$ as it is only $21 a person and it's all you can eat. Definitely make a reservation or you won't get in and don't be surprised if your questions don't get answered. While the staff was nice they didn't do a great job of explaining how to order Hot Pot for us newbies. Just go with the flow and you'll love it.
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Would I go Back?9