Yum, hot pot. It’s perfect on a cold, snowy winter night. It’s great when all of your family gathers around to talk and have dinner, and you get different “courses” while you eat, and you choose what you eat and which sauces you want.
This is how a hot pot works, at least in my family: There’s a pot of water on the stove, or on one of those buffet table heaters. While you wait for the water to boil, you make your sauce out of anything you want. Usually we use sesame oil, soy sauce, chili oil, XO sauce, and this thing we call barbacue sauce (which isn’t actually BBQ sauce. We had a hard time explaining this to our uncle, who had never seen that before). But we egged him to try it. I don’t remember what his reaction was.
Then, the water boils, ‘course. You add whatever you wish (usually we add some nappa first), then you cover it and wait for it to boil. You take the food out, and eat it, and at the same time you add some more food, wait for it to boil, etc. etc. etc. Sounds boring, but it’s fun. And at the end, after you’ve add everything, you drink the water-magically-turn-to-broth broth, which is something special. It’s also supposed to help you digest. I don’t know if that’s correct, but it’s delicious so it’s something you should do, should you ever make this.
This is also a great time to try out those mysterious items you find at those international markets. Try calamari, or tripe, or fish balls (which… aren’t… actually fish’s balls…), or have some lamb, or some bok choy! The choices are endless.
I think we’re making this for Christmas. I’m not so sure, but it’s a sound idea.
Next time it’s freezing cold outside and you’re feeling something warm but not wanting to down those “extra calories”, try this.
Merry Christmas! Only 3 days left!
(can fed 1 person or a whole family)
- sauces (like soy sauce, chili oil, XO sauce, seame oil)
- veggies (choy, cabbage, chives, etc.)
- fried tofu
- Bring a pot of water to boil.
- Meanwhile, combine your sauces for your own special blend.
- Add a few handful of ingredients, cover, wait for it to boil, and enjoy!
- repeat step three until all ingredients run out.
*some ingredients cook a lot faster than others. mushrooms cook really fast, so does watercress. Shrimp cooks quite quickly, so watch out for that.