Yes, I’m doing it. Little Lamb (Shiao Fei Yun) Posting about the best hotpot place in all of Flushing. It’s a bittersweet type of place. The soup is simply amazing– so amazing that you won’t even need any of the extra sauces they provide. What is HOT POT? Well, it’s a style of eating where you purchase all the food raw, and throw it into a “hot pot” and boil, stir, and eat! It’s a fun way to keep warm in the winter. The soup is really what makes the food stand out.. and at Little Lamb… the soup outshines every other hotpot joint on the face of the world. HOWEVER, the service is pretty horrific. Having been to this place about 2-3 times, every single time I went, I was faced with rude and neglectful waiters and super slow service and disorganization… but I (and everyone else) STILL keep going back. … WHY!!! Because if you’ve ever tried the soup, YOU WOULD TOO!!!!
The place is pretty well decorated. Not super tacky and strange looking. It’s got a little lamb as it’s mascot and boasts the best herbal soup you’ve ever tasted. It’s actually totally Chinese– meaning most of the menu is in Chinese so if you can’t read it… you have to write your orders in English in the back of the paper. I got laughed at the first time I went there because I couldn’t speak/read Chinese. I was very offended. But I still went back. This is a sick cycle.
So here are a few tips if you decide to check the place out.
#1- bring a friend that can read chinese, OR a friend who goes to HotPot often (like me),
#2- prepare yourself, make sure you’re hungry
#3- bring money, because things can get pricey
#4- go in a group, it’s easier to split the bill and eat a larger variety of dishes
#5- always allow the soup to boil first, when it finishes the first time, make sure you fill your bowl with the soup because after you start putting in meats and other things into the soup to boil, the soup becomes oily and thick.
My recommendations is that you MUST order the HERBAL SOUP. You can always do a half/half pot, one herbal soup side and one spicy mala side. But I would just stick with Herbal to start. They start you with a combo that gives you a dish of veggies/random things and a side of beef.. but I would also try the lamb, fishballs (with beef filling), the regular fish balls, the rice cakes and anything else that would interest you. You can create your own sauces in the back of the restaurant (but I think it’ll be unnecessary since the soup will out do everything.
Atmosphere: 1 – I hate the service. Enough said.
Cost: $30-60/person (really depends on how hungry you are, and how much you order, but at the base rate of getting full, it starts at $30)