mmm-yoso!!! is the name of this food blog; a diary/record of meals consumed. By coincidence, all three of the 'regular' (opposed to 'normal') bloggers were on some sort of '-cation' last week and two shared a meal. That meal is documented here today.
While Kirk was vacationing (and using his passport), Ed (from Yuma) and His Lovely Tina, drove to San Diego (from Yuma) last week. With the use of the magical internet, they arranged to meet The Mister and I for lunch at Little Sheep. Kirk has posted about Little Sheep twice, both around the time the San Diego branch opened. More than two years ago, Kirk, Ed(from Yuma) and I met here for a delightful lunch; one of a handful of times the three of us have shared a meal together. (This is a link to Kirbie's recent post about lunch specials here.)
Each table and seat at the bar is set with one or more single induction cooktops.
The hot pot is brought out filled with the appropriate spices for the hot pot base ordered ($3.75/person). We decided to try all three options- Spicy, Original (which has 36 spices) and Vegetarian. The pot magnetically attaches to the induction heat source and, although hot, will get to simmering in a few minutes.
We decided not to order the $9.99 Lunch Specials, since that would mean the same group of vegetables with the only variable being the type of meat. Instead, we chose our own items. These, which were brought out first, would cook in the broths first (a faux pas, I know: the meat should be brought out first to flavor the broth), before the simmer happened. From the far right, going clockwise: frozen tofu ($2.95), oyster mushrooms ($4.95), yam noodle ($4.95), lamb wonton($6.5o) and the beautiful bowl of veggie combo platter ($9.95). I must say, we made excellent choices. Everything was outstanding, working a bit differently with the varied broths. We all agreed the most interesting and flavorful vegetable from the 'veggie combo platter' was tangho. It was slightly bitter and kept a good texture in the hot pot. We also agreed the oyster mushrooms were really tasty and meaty.
Our thinly sliced meats were brought out soon enough. We ordered the pork ($5.95), chicken ($5.95) and beef and lamb plate ($10.95)...each meat cooked quickly in the bubbling cauldron (which was refilled with broth) and again took on a different taste depending on the spices in each section. Again, we made excellent choices.
At the end of the meal and after catching up with each other and discussing Kirk and His Missus and what we knew of their vacation, we assessed the meal and none of us could find anything we didn't like: it was that good.
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot and Grill 4718 Clairmont Mesa Blvd, San Diego 92117 (858)274-2040 Opens 11:30 a.m. daily. Closed between 3 and 5:30 p.m. M-F. Closes at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. other days. Website