What is Chinese hot pot?
A metal pot with your chosen broth sits at the center of the table and is heated by butane. Most modern hot pots are divided into two sections to accommodate two broths at once . As the hot pot is simmering, put your chosen foods in, watch them cook, take them out, let them cool, then dunk in your own sauce and enjoy!
It’s a fun experience and something different.
Chinese hot pot is typically all-you-can-eat. Personally I find Chinese hot pot a much healthier eating-out option because nothing is fried. You can also eat lots with next to no carbs (if you so choose) and not feel like you are missing out on anything. Meat, leafy veggies, dumplings and seafood are the typical hot pot staples.
Step 1: A tray holds a variety of different spices and sauces that you can mix together for your own dipping sauce.
Typically soy sauce is part of the mixture but it is all up to you. Green onions, cilantro, chopped garlic, peanut sauce, hot sauce, peppers etc. Mix whatever you like in your own dipping bowl.
I like peanut sauce, green onions and cilantro 🙂
2. Pick your broth aka. soup base.
3. Choose from the menu what you’d like.
The menu is sectioned into different categories such as veggies, meats, seafood, etc.
4. Boil your foods and open up your pores with that steam.
The meat is given to you frozen and thinly sliced. When it cooks in the water, the meat curls up for a neat presentation. Most meats are cooked almost instantly because they are almost paper thin. Vegetables don’t need to stay in the hot pot for very long either.
Fish balls, tofu, dumplings and pork take longer to cook, so leave them in for five minutes.
5. Remove your yummies and let them cool, dip in your sauce (if you want) & enjoy!
There’s also rice dishes you can order too if you aren’t in the mood for just noodles.
There you have it.
I find it’s very easy to calculate a hot pot meal. You can control how much noodles you put in (if any). Opt for a higher fibre noodle is possible. You can call ahead to any hot pot restaurants to see if they offer brown rice vermicelli.
I actually had homemade hot pot recently too. Yum!
Do you enjoy hot pot? Have you tried it? Let me know!
Happy hot potting.