Hot pot, as a traditional Chinese folk dish, is widely spread throughout China. There are diversified hot pot with differently flavored broth in China, from the spicy hot pot in Sichuan, seafood hot pot in Guangdong, instant-boiled lamb hot pot in Beijing, to sauerkraut hot pot in northeastern China, stewed sheep hot pot in Henan and mutton hot pot in Hong Kong etc.. No matter what you preference on flavor is, China has something for you. Tasting the scrumptious hot pot would be a much unforgettable experience along your China tour.
Among above popular Chinese hot pot, the spicy hot pot in Sichuan is the most famous home and abroad. When your Yangtze River cruises stop in Chongqing, Sichuan province, you should never forget to taste the authentic Chinese hot pot there, which would be a great feast to your eyes and taste buds.
Although the flavor of Chinese hot pot varies from regions to regions, the dinning custom keeps similar. Hot pot is commonly served in a simmering metal pot at the center of the dining table. As the soup in metal pot simmers, the ingredients are casted into the boiling froth. The ingredient in the hot pot spans from thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, to seafood, fish balls, tofu, blood tofu and shrimp etc.. The cooked food is usually served with dipping sauce of different flavors, from sesame sauce, garlic sauce to seafood sauce. You can choose as you like.
Hot pot has now become a favorite dish among Chinese people, which is particularly true in cold winter. Just squeeze a little time and invite some friends to enjoy the savory hot pot in the cold winter, talking, drinking and dinning together. How pleasant it is! To any gourmets, their China tours would be incomplete if they missed tasting the luring Chinese hot pot!
Many gourmets are hooked by the spicy hot pot enjoyed along their Yangtze River cruises and forget to leave. Since hot pot is so appetizing, then how to make Chinese hot pot? Just follow ChinaTour.com to learn how to make Chinese hot pot.
How to make Chinese Hot Pot?
1. Prepare the broth in a large pot which would be used to cook the hot pot ingredients
- Fry the bones of meat with oil, pepper and seasonings first and then add water to the pot.
- Stew the bones of meat with some seasoning herbs in the pot until the flavor of meat and seasonings are fully permeated in the froth.
2. Place an electric heating plate on the table to heat the soup
Place it in the center of the dining table to ensure that everything on the table could be accessed by everyone.
3. Slice a variety of meat thinly to be cooked in the hot pot
Slicing thinly will ensure that the ingredients will cook quickly and completely.You could choose the meat as you like. Beef, pork, fish fillets thinly sliced, squid and shrimp are all good choices.
4. Prepare vegetables and other side dishes
Choose any leafy greens as you like, such as spinach, cabbage, mushroom, potatoes.For side dishes, tofu, blood tofu, fish balls, noodles made from bean or sweet potato starch are all great choices.
5. Prepare the condiment for the sauce to dip the ingredients
The sauce mainly includes soy sauce, vinegar, hoisin sauce, sesame oil and sweet chili sauce.
6. Prepare some noodles alongside the hot pot as a side dish
Use the broth to cook the noodles at the end of the meal with some vegetables boiled together.