This Wednesday, Chinese academy organized an hotpot event to fight against the cold and humid weather. Teacher Icy gave a vivid class about how to prepare and the history behind the hotpot. Chinese hot pot is a glorious communal feast and is easy to prepare with the right equipment and ingredients; here we show you everything you need to know to prepare a Chinese hot pot party at your house.
What is Hot Pot?
There are different styles of hot pot around Asia, and even within a given country each household will do it a little differently. But if there’s one universal hot-pot rule, it’s this: You don’t “hot-pot” with people you don’t like. Like fondue, hot pot is one of the most social of dining formats. Not only are you gathered at one table sharing a meal, you’re cooking your food together in a shared pot.Why the Chinese Like Eating Hotpot?
The hotpot has a long history of over 1,000 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. People gather around the pot, chatting, eating, drinking, and having fun.
The other is that hotpot is a “healthy meal”. Boiling is better than frying, and bone nutrients are released into the broth. Eating hotpot can warm the body and improve circulation in winter, and increase perspiration to help cool the body in summer. Some seasonings used in hotpots can help alleviate some minor illnesses like colds, blocked sinuses, and headaches.
Common Hotpot Ingredients
There are various ingredients used in hotpots. The meat can be beef, mutton, lamb, chicken, duck, fish, prawn, etc., but not pork if you are in an Islamic restaurant.
Vegetarian ingredients such as mushrooms, (sliced) potatoes, cabbage, and tofu can be quick-boiled as well, and are favored by many, particularly Chinese women who want to eat less cholesterol. Of course, you can also try whatever you like.The ingredients are usually served with dipping sauces, made by mixing your choice of sesame sauce, chili oil, soy sauce, garlic sauce, vinegar, pepper sauce, seafood sauce, green onions, etc. You can choose what you like to fit your own taste.When the weather gets dark and chilly, there are few dishes that I crave more than hot pot. This fun, interactive way of eating is a great way to spend time with friend and family while enjoying a tasty (and fairly healthy!) meal. While it’s not as traditional as Lo Hei, it’s a great dish to make to celebrate Chinese New Year too!If you haven’t made Chinese hot pot at home before, it can seem a little bit daunting at first. Once you get the right equipment (which I’ll talk about later) and select your ingredients, you’ll be cooking in no time! Keep reading this detailed guide to help you make Chinese hot pot at home.For me, cold and windy weather means one thing: It’s hot pot season. The concept of hot pot is simple. You set a pot of simmering broth on a portable burner in the middle of the table. Around it are plates of meat, seafood, and vegetables, all prepped and ready to be cooked in the broth.
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