Hot pot is an amazing and authentic way for Chinese people to enjoy food and life. It is available all year around in China, but it is more popular during winter times. When cold weather comes, hot pot is not just comfort food, but also very functional. The pot boils from beginning to the end of whole dinner time so that whatever you eat is always freshly cooked and piping hot. Who doesn’t want that? O(∩_∩)O~
There are so many ways to do hot pot. It can be as complicated as costing you a couple days to prepare its delicious broth; or it can also be as simple as just adding water to the pot.
I usually go with homemade broth. Whenever I want to save some time or simply don’t feel like cooking, I buy hot pot kit from Asian grocery stores.
Pick any vegetable and meat you like. Clean and chop them into small size for easier consumption and faster cooking. We like thinly sliced beef and lamb, shrimps, Tofu, lotus root, bamboo shoots and snow pea tips.
This is my go-to spicy hot pot broth base.
I usually prepare two kinds of broth. One is spicy while the other is not so that everyone will be happy around the table.
Sichuan style dipping sauce usually includes minced garlic, cilantro, green onion, salt and a little bit of oyster sauce.
Everything is ready
Now let’s eat!
Happy New Year everyone O(∩_∩)O~