Hot Pot and Chill

Hot pot, which translates to "fire pot," as Chinese fondue and you'll begin to understand its widespread appeal in and out of China. It's one of my favourite ways to share food with friends and family. Whether you go out to a restaurant to enjoy hot pot or prepare it at home, it's full of good food and vibrant colours. A metal pot of simmering broth sits atop a burner at the center of the table, while plates of raw meats, seafood, vegetables, and starches are arranged all around. Diners add ingredients to the broth to cook, then scoop them out using fine-mesh spoons. I love the way hours-long hot pot meals bring people together over delicious foods built around a uniquely communal dining experience.

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The Etiquette

Hot pot is quite forgiving and doesn't come with a whole lot of rules. Wait until the broth begins simmering before adding foods. Meat plates usually come with their own tongs to avoid cross-contamination with cooked foods. Use them to add meats first since these take longer to cook. Meats are cooked when they float to the top of the broth and are fully changed from their raw colour. Use your chopsticks to pick up non-meat ingredients and dip them into the broth — cooking should only take a few minutes at most. Add little by little as opposed to everything at once, as that brings down the heat level of the broth (if you are going for spicy), slowing down the cooking process for everyone.

Chill at home

If you want to have hot pot at home, take the leap! Visit your local Asian supermarkets for thinly sliced meats, seafood, veggies, and noodles. As far as the broth goes, you can use soup bases such as the ones available from Little Sheep to help you make your own or do it all from scratch. 

We are always ready to chill at a hot pot party so don't forget to invite us!

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