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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Equals Winter. Winter Equals Hot Pot! [2009 Back Post]

Little Sheep in Hong Kong

NEW YORK, February 11 – Yesterday’s snowpocalypse event makes me think of relatively warmer climates like my recent trip to Hong Kong. Hong Kong denizens consider 50 degrees Fahrenheit to be “cold”. Jeez... I would take a mild Hong Kong winter day over a mid-Atlantic snow storm any day.

As I watched the snow blanket my entire street, I could only think about one thing: Hot Pot (火鍋)! It’s a delicious Chinese winter tradition similar to Japanese Shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ).

During my visit to Hong Kong, I had the opportunity to dine at a local chain restaurant called the Little Sheep (小肥羊). I know the American image of “a chain restaurant” is the stereotypical fast food burger joint like McDonald’s, but the Little Sheep is not your ordinary franchise. Because of the nature of hot pot dining the raw food has to be fresh, and the Little Sheep doesn’t disappoint. Marinated beef, skewered shrimp, fish balls, and… omg… the mutton!

I'm getting hungry just blogging about it. I need to find some hot pot to warm up my buddha belly.

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Menkees said...

Let rock some hot pot!!!

James Leung said...

Sure. As soon as I can find a decent hot pot place in New York. Maybe Chinatown. Anyone have any recommendations?