Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot / Mira Mesa
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot opened up in Mira Mesa not too long ago. There’s another location in San Diego over in Clairemont. There are multiple locations of Little Sheep across the USA, Canada, China, and Japan. This was my first ever visit to Little Sheep.
The new Little Sheep is located in the former Play Again Sports location, on the other side of the 15. It’s in the lower plaza near Trader Joe’s.
It’s so nice and bright in here! Laura and I arrived around 6pm and it was still fairly empty in here on a Thursday evening. It filled up a bit more by the time we left.
They give you this menu plus a pen so you can check off what you want to order. There’s a lot to choose from!
The actual menu has photos of every item. We noticed that not everything in the picture menu was on the sheet.
We got a side of Fried & Steamed Rolls [$4.95]. It came with a bowl of sweetened condensed milk. I dipped the fried ones into the condensed milk and it was like a nice little dessert. The steamed rolls I used to eat with my meats!
Laura and I opted for the House Original Pot since we’re not into spicy stuff. They bring out this bowl of milky looking liquid, set it down, and turn it up to boil away.
For our hot pot, we got an order of Kurobuta Pork Shoulder (6oz) [$7.95].
And some Choice Ribeye (6oz) [$7.95].
We also got (from top left): House Lamb Meatballs (half order) [$3.75], Baby Bok Choy (half order) [$1.75], Corn (half order) [$1.75], Potato (full order) [$2.95], Hot Pot Dumplings (half order) [$2.75], Pea Sprouts (half order) [$2.25], and Fresh Thick Noodles (full order) [$3.95].
Laura, looking all steamy through the hot pot!
I knew there were sauces available even though it’s not the menu. We asked someone for sauces and were brought out this dish to share. The gentleman who brought this to us had to go double check what the sauces were after I asked. The one on the bottom is a sesame sauce, the one in the middle is a bean paste-y sauce, and he said the one at the top is like a BBQ sauce. The sesame sauce was our favorite of the three. The BBQ sauce didn’t taste like an American style BBQ sauce – maybe it’s a … Chinese style one?
We took turns dumping items into the hot pot, a little bit at a time. I really liked the broth – it had a good, earthy kind of flavor to it. All of the items we got were really tasty and I was glad we got half orders of just about everything. For the two of us, we could have cut back a little bit on the items we got or have had a third person and it would be a good amount of food for three.
We were both surprised by the Pea Shoots since we had no idea what they were. It looked like a leafy green and tasted pretty good. Didn’t particularly taste like peas, just… yummy green stuff.
We put the noodles into the broth near the end of our meal, after the broth had been cooking for a while to help it soak up some extra flavor. Yum!
All of the items we got were really fresh. We basically just guessed when things were done cooking. In the end we were not able to finish everything. Above is the leftovers that remained. Mostly noodles and a little bit of meat and veggies. We were asked if we wanted a to go container but we figured the noodles would mushy sitting in the broth, so we passed on taking the rest home.
I definitely want to return to try out the lunch special and I want to see if Jake would like this. I’m hoping he does since I really enjoyed it!
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot
9841 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92131