Here is everything you need to know about mastering the hot pot experience. Hot pot is less of a dish than it is an experience , encapsulating the communal dining ethos that so many Western restaurants have only recently taken on. Think of it as an adaptation of the stone soup fairy tale: you team up with a group of friends to cook an array of ingredients—thinly sliced meats, mushrooms, head-on shrimp, Chinese lettuces, fresh noodles, and more—in a single pot of simmering, seasoned broth heated on an induction burner or electric range.
Why the Chinese Like Eating Hotpot
Along with winter comes Lunar New Year, this year on Jan. Hot pot is a Chinese cooking method in which you prepare a simmering pot of broth at the center of your table, and guests can choose to cook a variety of meats, vegetables and noodles in the boiling liquid — all served family-style. Growing up, my family had a hot pot almost every Lunar New Year, pulling out extra tables and setting up boiling pots in our living room.
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It consists of a simmering metal pot with broth at the center of a table, and all raw ingredients placed beside the metal pot, so people can add and cook whatever they like in the broth. The hotpot has a long history of over 1, years in China. It used to be favored only in winter, but recently hotpot has been appearing on tables all year round. Beside the delicious flavor, there are two other important reasons for Chinese liking hotpot: the first one is that it is a great way to socialize.