The chill in the air reminded my of an overdue post about a hot pot meal at Happy Sheep in Rowland Heights. Wandering Chopsticks had blogged about the Happy Sheep location in San Gabriel, and the owners wanted to thank her in some way. That way ended up being a (free) lunch for a group of her (mostly) blogger friends.
Now, since it's been a while since this meal, I had forgotten all the prices. Luckily Wandering Chopsticks had blogged it, complete with all the price information, so I referred to her post for it.
As this is a newer location, the decor and furniture are nicer than the other location.
|Their staple complimentary boiled peanuts.|
Most people that come here will probably get the spicy Mongolian broth, but I can't eat spicy. Luckily, these places let you split up the broth bowl with a metal divider. Call it "yin yang" hot pot. Our table ordered the "Nourish and tonic" and "Mongolian mildly spicy" (the hot pot costs $3.50 per person, plus the dishes you order).
The first thing to get, of course, is the meat. From your choice of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken, the meat dishes run around $4-4.75.
|Tripe, tendon, oysters (frozen), and more.|
|Meat balls, bean curd skin, fresh greens|
The one thing I really liked about this location was the variety and quality of non-hot-pot dishes which I didn't find at the other location.
Of course, all of the locations have the spicy cumin lamb skewers ($3.25 for 2)
There were a lot of Taiwanese dishes, though, and we tried many of them:
|Crispy scallion pancakes $3.50.|
I originally thought that I didn't really like Taiwanese oyster omelette since I didn't like the one I had at Sinbala (I knew I loved the ones in Singapore though), but the oyster omelette here proved me wrong!
|Oyster Omelette ($4.25)|
|Spicy Wontons ($4.50)|
The House Noodle with lamb ($5.95) at first didn't seem that enticing to me, but we all ended up really enjoying it.
Hot pot and shabu shabu are perfect for a cold day. While Rowland Heights is a bit far for me, and I end up more at the Monterey Park location, I like the bigger selection available at this location. If you're in the area this winter, you should definitely stop by for hot pot and more!
18414 E. Colima Road #T
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Disclaimer: This meal was free (hosted by the restaurant) to thank Wandering Chopsticks, but we each left $10 for our servers.