As I am sitting here typing this post, my skinny jeans are about to burst, and I wanted to share with you all the reason why I am in this predicament… Mongolian Hot Pot!
You see my Dad used to tell us that our Grandmother’s family was related with the Chinese emperor, for some reason I always thought we were part Mongolian (the Yang Dynasty), until recently I realized he meant the “Last Chinese Emperor”, who was actually Manchurian… From this information mix up, my heart has always had a warm spot for the Mongolians. So when the popular chain restaurant “Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot” opened in Houston, I dragged hubby and little girl to check out what the hype was all about. To tell you the truth, I was never a big fan of hot pots, what’s the big deal about cooking your own food items in a boiling pot of semi-flavored broth? Well was I in for a surprise! As soon as we walked in, the smell won me over! The broth was intensely flavored, we really didn’t need any dipping sauce. The only issue with going there was the bill, no matter which combination of items we order, they always end up being quite pricey.
Fortunately recently we found the hot pot spice packages at our local Asian super market, so tonight was our first time trying to recreate this deliciousness at home. All I can say is WOW! We had a good old time chowing down, had to take a nice long walk afterward in the chilly weather… Hubby and little girl proceed to sleep off the food while I struggle with my jeans currently. Looks like the next time we have Mongolian hot pot at home, I will have to cut the food to about half the quantity!
Since there’s really no recipe for this, just follow the package direction if you have access to Little Sheep’s spice packs, please enjoy the photos below: