Hot pot is a Chinese soup containing a variety of East Asian foodstuffs and ingredients, prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, tofu, and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. For this lesson, we invited Yan to tell us about the culture of hot pot and also tasted it during the class.
We bought a lot of materials to cook beforehand to prepare for the lesson. Thank you to everyone who helped.
Before the soup is ready, we learned about the culture and how to make the soup. This is a traditional Chinese way of eating, which has a long history and Chongqing is the most famous type in China. It originated in Jialing, Chongqing in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. Because of the influence of Chongqing one, the hot pot in Sichuan province has gradually thrived and its contents are more enriched.
The biggest hot pot record was built Chongqing, It’s 10 meters in diameter and 1.06 meters high. It comprises of 56 small pots and two big pots, these two big pots are called Yuanyang pot. What is Yuanyang pot?
Some people don’t like spicy food whereas other people really do so, in this case, we prepare two. One is for the people who like spicy, another is for the people who can’t eat spicy, that is what we refer to as Yuanyang pot. Then there are two small pots in the different big pots one is black another is white, this we call Tai chi pot.
Do you know what’s the most important part of hot pot? is it the noodles? is it the soup? yes, you are right, it’s the soup!
For the soup we need: Butter, vegetable oil, thick broad-bean sauce, dry chili, white spirit, fermented glutinous rice, ginger, shallot, garlic, Sichuan Pepper, fermented blank bean, rock candy, etc! We need to cook this all the ingredients for about 2~3h, and then add some bone broth. This time we used instant condiments.
Spicy and light pot, all the steps have been completed and the hot pot is ready to enjoy! Which one do you prefer?
There are a lot of people who like to eat it during autumn and winter, because the weather becomes cooler and cooler, so hot pot is the best food to keep warm!