Last night Mike and I met two other couples at Little Sheep Hot Pot on Ngong Rd. It’s just west of Adams Arcade, Green House. Little Sheep is a restaurant chain in China and has quite a few locations in the US too. My mom and I went to the one in Beijing in 2008. It’s debatable whether or not the one in Nairobi is an official chain or if they just took the logo and name. 😉 The restaurant is literally in someone’s house that was converted, so the dining tables are in 3 different rooms, complete with floral wallpaper and paper lanterns and decorative fans hanging.
There were the classic two broths, chicken herbal and spicy. Sometimes the spicy broth is way too hot for me with the Sichuan peppercorns, but last night it wasn’t too bad–just right! I ended up using the spicy broth the most.
With 6 people, we got to order a bunch of different plates: thinly sliced lamb and beef, lotus root, two different types of noodles, seaweed, dong tofu, shitake, tofu skin and sheets, dumplings, and fish balls. And believe me, we ate it all! Our heat plate wasn’t working and then we blew a fuse, so they had to replace it. There was a lot of fiddling with the outlet and the extension cord under Mike’s seat. So it took a while to get it boiling so we were hungry by the time we could eat the food. The good was great–I’ve really missed hot pot! Reminds me of when we were in China and we had it all the time there. I think that’s where Mike got sick of hot pot. 😉
The owners of the restaurant are really nice. They’re from China (we think Jiangsu province?) and apparently they’ve been in Africa for 10-15 years. She was really cute, coming over and speaking Chinese to us and saying “I like to listen in on your table since you speak such good English!” (there were 3 Chinese speakers are our table). There’s quite a large Chinese population here; I think someone told me 30,000 Chinese in Nairobi?! So quite cool that you get the “real” Chinese food in Nairobi, not American Chinese food. Funny, huh?
For dessert, we topped it off with sweet sesame soup dumplings (tang yuan). Yum! Hope we go back soon.