Hot water goes into the pot
Ever had an Asian Hot Pot meal? My first was in China, back in September. Fun! The general idea is to cook food at the table, in a pot of boiling broth. In China, this method of cooking has a history of over 1,000 years.
There are variations in how this works, but here's the method I experienced:
- Chimney of coals with copper pan brought to table.
- Pour in hot water (above), bring to a boil.
- With your chopsticks, add the food to be cooked. I think we did it wrong...we dumped in both meat and veggies together. Apparently, when you start with a water base (rather than broth), you are supposed to cook the meat first. The broth forms naturally, and then you cook the veggies.
- Wait until it's ready, grab out with the chopsticks and enjoy! It was fun!
Adding thinly sliced meats to cook and make the broth
Have you had hot pot? How did it work?