Hot Pot is a cooking method that originates from China, prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table, containing a variety of ingredients.
While a hot pot full of flavored broth is kept simmering, raw ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked. The cooked food is often eaten with a dipping sauce for additional flavoring.
Typical hot pot ingredients include thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, vermicelli, sliced potatoes, bean products, egg dumplings, tofu, and seafood. Raw ingredients are pre-sliced into thin sections that will cook quickly and consistently in the simmering broth, which is maintained at a gentle boiling temperature.
Hot Pot is so much more than just a meal. It's an experience. It's about getting together and experiencing and sharing delicous food together around. A group of friends or family gathered together to laugh, talk and partake in a meal that's all about sharing.
Hot pot is thought to have originated 800-900 years ago. The primary ingredient originally was meat (including mutton and horse), and the broth was not spicy. Hot pot subsequently spread throughout China, where distinct regional variations developed and persist to this day. Understanding the various hot pot types may help you decide what kind you’d like to make at home.
One of the great things about Hot Pot is the large variety of ingredients you can order, but if you're new to Hot Pot we have put together a helpful guide for your first order below.
Cooking time for different ingredients are around 1 minute on average. Raw meat may take only 20-30 seconds, but raw dumplings or noodles can take 7-8 minutes. Many vegetables need a couple of minutes.
With a large variety of ingredients available it may be hard to know the cooking time for each so just ask your server. They will be happy to guide you.