Chinese Hot Pot Dish

Among my perpetuity preferred meals is hot pot. We consume all of it the time, a minimum of when a month, if not more.

It can be a cold and relaxing night or a warm summertime night it does not matter due to the fact that hot pot is constantly the response. It’s an enjoyable and filling method to invest the night consuming and talking due to the fact that you’re actually spending time a hot pot at the table where you prepare and consume together.

Basically, all you do to prepare hot pot is make a soup that is simmered at the table in a (you got it) hot pot. You fill up the table with a lot of chopped meats, veggies, tofu, seafood, and noodles. Whatever is prepared at the table à la minute, dug of the pot, dipped into your own tailored sauce, and feasted on.

The style of hot pot is, as Mike likes to state, is: it’s your option. And it holds true, it is your option. Do not consume meat? Have an all veggie hot pot. Love seafood? Go heavy on the seafood. Truly, hot pot is everything about picking your ingredients/what you’re going to take into your pot. There’s a substantial range of hot pot, even within China there’s mind numbing spicy hot pots, natural hot pots, curry hot pots, relaxing plain hot pots, actually there’s no incorrect method. Here’s an extensive guide to get you began!

What is hot pot?

If you’re brand-new to hot pot, it’s a low tension method to have an enjoyable and interactive meal with individuals you like. Hot pot is a social method of consuming: a range of food is prepared in a common simmering pot of flavored broth. The meal begins with the pot pertaining to a boil. The meat, seafood, veggies, tofu, and noodles are included and cook rapidly (and often gradually) in the bubbling broth. Everybody digs whatever their heart desires and includes more to change it. Enjoyable times, tasty food, and much laughter is shared.

At its core, Hot pot is a Chinese method of method of cooking food in a simmering pot of soup at the table. It resembles fondue, other than rather of cheese or hot oil, you have a tasty soup stock. Raw active ingredients are prepared in the soup, then consumed with dipping sauces. It’s an enjoyable and common method of consuming and very popular both in the house and in dining establishments.

Hot pot is near and dear to Chinese individuals throughout the world and is beginning to end up being more traditional and popular. Hot pot produces a relaxing, warm environment and actually brings individuals together as you relax a pot, cooking, consuming, talking, and relaxing. The food is very important however likewise essential are the feels and the feels of hot pot can’t be beat.

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Where does hot pot originated from?

Hot pot come from China however it’s now all over Asia in various versions. There are bubbly Korean stews, Japanese shabu shabus, Vietnamese hot pots, and more!

How to have hot pot in the house

  1. Choose the broth. Go homemade or shop purchased, either work fantastic.
  2. Purchase the active ingredients. Go to the (preferably Asian) supermarket and purchase ALL THE IMPORTANT THINGS.
  3. Preparation: clean the veggies, set out the meats, seafood, dumplings, balls, veggies, and noodles out on plates or trays. Keep the meats together, the seafoods together, the veggies together, the dumplings together, and on and on so that whatever is included and different.
  4. Set the table. Set the table with whatever you require, more on that listed below!
  5. Hot pot! Bring the soup up to a boil, prepare your active ingredients at the table, dip in sauce, consume, consume, laugh, take pleasure in.

What devices do I require for hot pot?

Basically you require 2 tools for hot pot: a burner and a pot. The burner requires to be portable adequate to sit at the center of your table. It can be anything you like, however ensure it’s not charcoal due to the fact that it’ll fill your house with carbon monoxide gas.

For the burner, there are numerous methods to go: induction, gas, or a two-in-one pot linked to electrical source. I state you opt for whichever one you may currently have, or if you are going to be purchasing something, I ‘d pick induction. Induction is simple to tidy simply clean it down. Plus you do not require to purchase additional gas cylinders. We have actually utilized the two-in-one prior to too, however it’s simpler to utilize a pot you currently have.

When it comes to pots, you desire one that’s shallow so your food isn’t drowning. You wish to have the ability to see it drifting in there so a deep stockpot isn’t going to suffice. Maturing, we constantly had a split pot so the grownups might have hot soup while the kids had a moderate soup. Split pots are fantastic for individuals who desire 2 type of soup or if you wish to keep one side for meat and the opposite for veggies.

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Our individual hot pot established

Mike and I utilize a portable induction cooker with our preferred cast iron shallow brasier, it keeps heat remarkably and after we’re done, we simply clean down the induction cooker and pop the brasier in the dishwashing machine.

There are 3 primary parts of Chinese hot pot: broth, active ingredients, and sauce.

Hot Pot Broth

There are a lot of various variations of hot pot in China, depending upon the area, it goes from intense red and spicy (Sichuan and Chongqing) to milky and natural.

Soup is the foundation of your hot pot, however actually, you do not require to stress over it excessive. If you wish to go for it and make a homemade stock, go all out. In some cases if I’m feeling especially additional, I’ll do simply that, however generally, I’ll simply utilize a shop purchased stock or spices package.

Our preferred base takes place to be Japanese dashi with soy, sake, mirin, and a touch of sugar. It isn’t Chinese at all, however, you understand, because hot pot is everything about personalization, we are here for it, specifically because it advises us of oden. The light yet deep umami richness is the ideal taste for all the active ingredients to absorb.

Shop purchased broth

Lee Kum Kee makes a big range of spices packages you can discover those and all of the active ingredients for Chinese hot pot at your regional Asian supermarket. If you’re searching for spicy, Hai Di Lao is a popular Chinese hot pot dining establishment that offers their hot pot spices packages. There’s likewise an incredibly popular hot pot dining establishment (Little Sheep Hot Pot) that offers its soup base also. Beware of shop purchased bundles, due to the fact that a few of them can be additional additional spicy. If the active ingredients list discusses mala or sichuan pepper, you may be in for a spice-fest. When in doubt, utilize a half- or a quarter-package and trial run in advance.

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Homemade hot pot broth

Many days, we simply utilize an easy no salt chicken stock dressed up with some soy sauce, shaoxing red wine, toasted sesame oil, ginger, and scallions. For a Japanese dashi taste, usage immediate dashi skilled with soy, sake, mirin, and a touch of sugar.

Just how much broth do I require?

You’ll require adequate broth to fill your pot. Many spices bundles have enough to make 6-8 cups. All you do is blend the package with water. As you’re preparing your hot pot, the soup base will undoubtedly decrease, simply leading it up with water, there’s no requirement to include additional flavoring due to the fact that the soup heightens and focuses as it simplifies.

Hot Pot Components

This is one of the most enjoyable part of hot pot. If you like range and consuming a lot of various things in one meal, this is the meal for you! The very best sort of hot pot consists of a little very finely chopped meat, a little seafood, some veg, tofu, dumplings, and noodles naturally! Whatever tastes fantastic when prepared in a hot pot. And the very best part is, all you’re actually doing is purchasing fresh, raw active ingredients.

If you’re questioning where to purchase hot pot active ingredients, the response is an Asian supermarket! All supermarket will (clearly) bring various things, however my primary suggestion is to strike up any Asian supermarket due to the fact that they will have a substantial choice to pick from. I’ll break down the various classifications of active ingredients; it’s finest to attempt to get a number of each classification.

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Very finely chopped meats

Meat, it’s what hot pot is for. Basically you can prepare any sort of meat in hot pot, as long as it’s sliced very finely. You pop it into the boiling water, swish it around a bit and let the pot return as much as a boil, pull it out and consume it. Usually very finely sliced beef, pork, and chicken are popular. There are a range of cuts that you can get very finely sliced in trays at your Asian supermarket go wild and purchase a lot. A few of our favorites are: rib eye, pork tummy, pork jowl, lamb shoulder, and pork shoulder.

Or, if you like, you can DIY it! Select pieces of meat that are greatly marbled and pop them in the freezer for about thirty minutes — it needs to feel a little strong, however still yield, and after that slice it as very finely as possible.


Seafood is a really typical addition to hot pot however it’s something we typically avoid. When we do it, we really like those frozen seafood assortment loads which contain shrimp, squid, scallops, and often even mussels and clams. Fresh fish is an excellent bet too when we’re spending lavishly (or feeling healthy)


Typically chinese hot pot is a bit light on the veg however veggies are Mike’s preferred part of hot pot (often I believe he might consume hot pot with simply a head of lettuce) and I have actually come by to the healthy side. I like a bit more range, so I generally consist of some sort of Asian veggie (gai lan, as imagined) and mushrooms. Anything goes, simply ensure you’re not over cooking your veggies! Pop them in, let them prepare, then pull them out right away, unless they’re the starchy range of veggie like daikon, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and taro. Tomatoes are fantastic in hot pot, however beware due to the fact that they get actually hot!

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Tofu hot pots are a thing all on their own. There is a substantial range of tofu at Asian supermarket and they are all fantastic. Tofu is a few of the very best things to put in hot pot due to the fact that they absorb all the tastes. Mike’s partial to small tofu puffs and I like medium company tofu. I likewise like egg tofu, the kind that is available in a tube.

When you’re popping the tofu into the hot pot, it does not require long due to the fact that you can basically consume tofu “raw” however if you let it simmer for a while it’ll be among the very best bites: juicy and filled with all the scrumptious hot pot soup.

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Fish balls and meatballs

When you get to the Asian supermarket, head to the frozen area. In some cases there will likewise be a case next to the fish where fresh fish balls are. Fish balls, if you have not had them, are the bomb. They have the very best texture and are not extremely fishy. They’re sort of tough to describe, however believe me, you’ll like them. I call them fish balls, however they can be found in all type of tastes: shrimp, squid, cuttlefish, lobster if it swims, it is available in fishball type. I especially like the “golden” ones due to the fact that they’re deep fried. Oh, and get some meatballs too, they generally have these in the deli area in our regional shop we have a choice of Vietnamese meatballs and I constantly get some to include.

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Mentioning dumplings, get some frozen dumplings to put in your hot pot. I like to get the ones that are currently completely prepared because you can’t actually see inside them. Those bundles will include a big “completely prepared” text on the front. Getting completely prepared dumplings guarantees that you do not inadvertently take out a dumpling and bite into a raw filling. Get the traditional pork and veggie combination and if you see it, choose pork and corn, it’s my favorite.

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Noodles are the carbohydrate of option for hot pot, they go right into the soup and absorb all the tastes. In some cases individuals have bowls of rice too, so if that’s what drifts your hot pot boat, go all out! I like noodles, so they’re necessary. I generally choose udon due to the fact that they’re thick and chewy and scrumptious, however mung bean noodles are exceptional at taking in taste too. Shirataki is likewise fantastic if you’re going low carbohydrate or keto.

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How to prep active ingredients for hot pot

If you have a lot of prepared to go products like chopped meats, seafoods, and different balls, simply open the bundles and put whatever out on plates. I like to put whatever on different plates, however if you do not have adequate plates, it’s finest to keep the meats, veggies, and frozen things separated. Depending upon just how much you purchased, you will not require to put whatever out however if you have a huge table, it never ever injures and is constantly excellent!

  • Meats: If you have entire cuts of meat, position them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes up until a little firm (this assists a LOT!) and very finely piece.
  • Seafood: Cut into bite sized pieces for fast and even cooking.
  • Veggies: Wash and dry all the veggies. For big leaf and root veggies, cut them into little pieces.
  • Tofu: Drain and cut into bite size pieces.
  • Noodles: Get rid of from the bundle. For a lot of noodles, it’s finest to take in warm water for 30 seconds and drain initially.
  • Balls and dumplings: Get rid of from the bundles. If you like you can slice the balls in half. Ensure you do not put the dumplings out prematurely due to the fact that they’ll melt.

Hot pot sauces

Here’s where the enjoyable begins: the dipping. Whatever that comes out of the hot pot is dipped in sauce. Well, possibly not the noodles, however you understand, you can put sauce on to those. Every household has their own variation of hot pot dipping sauce active ingredients and within that everybody has their own individual sauce dish. Supply a lot of sauces and let individuals blend and match. Maturing, I simply dipped in an easy sweet soy sauce with green onion and cilantro mix, and now I choose a mix of Chinese sesame paste, hoisin sauce, sweet soy sauce, and shacha (Chinese barbecue sauce).

Shacha sauce

If there’s a sauce that I believe is constantly provided with hot pot, aside from soy sauce, it’s shacha. Shacha is made from soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilis, brill fish, and dried shrimp. It’s an umami bomb therefore so scrumptious. Shacha is from Taiwan and the very best brand name is Bullhead and it is available in a little silver can (although it really is available in a huge can too which’s what we have in our refrigerator) with a resealable top. Confusingly, it’s identified as Chinese barbecue sauce. Offer it an excellent mix prior to you scoop some out, the excellent things generally settles at the bottom. Individuals usually blend it up with a little soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions, and cilantro. Some individuals likewise blend in a raw egg yolk for an additional little bit of zest. They offer it at the Asian supermarket and online.

Sesame sauce

Sesame paste or sesame sauce is the other huge weapon at the sauce table. Basically it’s Chinese sesame paste which resembles tahini however made with toasted sesame seeds and it’s nuttier, deeper, and more warm tasting.You can have sesame sauce on it’s own watered down with a little water, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil, sprayed with cilantro and scallions, or you can blend it up with other sauces. It’s very thick, so offer it an excellent stir (much like natural almond butter!) prior to utilizing. They offer it at the Asian supermarket and online. Whangzhihe is most likely the most typical sesame paste sauce you’ll see.

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How to set the table for hot pot

Now that all the shopping and preparation is done, it’s time to set the table.

  • Location the burner and the pot in the middle of the table.
  • Set up the active ingredients around the table.
  • Have a sauce station— generally it’s a little better to have the station far from the table because it maximizes area. We put all the sauces on the counter and head there when we require refills. Have little dipping bowls to blend sauce in, often you may even desire 2 sauce meals per individual!
  • Location a bowl, plate, chopsticks, and napkin at each setting.
  • Have a number of plates with tongs and hot pot strainers (the little private scoop-y thing you see in the image), and a ladle. It’s good if you have one hot pot strainer per individual however if you’re proficient at sharing, you can get away with one in between 2 individuals.
  • Do not forget the beverages! You can opt for beer or if you desire those genuine feels, attempt red wine! Red wine is insane popular in China. If you’re doing non alcoholic, iced green or jasmine teas or suan mei tang aka cold sour plum tea are excellent options.

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How to hot pot

Once the table is set, the soup is bubbling in the middle, and you have your own customized sauce made, this is how you do it:

  1. Choose a number of pieces of what you wish to consume. Many people begin with meat, however if you’re feeling dumplings, tofu, or veggies, you do you!
  2. Utilize a set of tongs to carefully position your pieces of option into the pot choose 3-5 pieces per individual.
  3. As soon as whatever remains in the pot, the bubbling will decrease a bit. Let whatever return as much as a simmer. If you’re cooking very finely sliced beef, you can simply offer it a carefully swish in the bubbling soup up until it is prepared to your taste then pull it out right away.
  4. Utilize a scoop to dig the pieces you put in and position them in your bowl.
  5. Dip the pieces in your sauce, take pleasure in, and repeat as required!

Note: for things like tofu and balls or daikon and potatoes, you can simply pop those into the pot and let them hang out while it’s bubbling away. The can simply relax, prepare gradually and absorb taste while you’re preparing other products.

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Hot pot frequently asked question

How do you get the food out of the hot pot?

Do not dip your chopsticks in the pot! Utilize a hot pot strainer to scoop your food out. It’s simpler, cleaner, and you’ll have the ability to discover your food quicker.

When is it prepared?

This is most likely what puzzles the majority of people about hot pot. Normally, letting whatever pertained to a boil prior to you begin scooping food out is an excellent guideline, however here are some * hot pot cooking times:*

  • Meats— because they’re very finely sliced or cut, it should not take more than 30 seconds for beef and as much as 1-2 minutes for pork, chicken, and lamb.
  • Seafood— seafood cooks rapidly in basic, 1-2 minutes need to do it.
  • Veggies— leafy greens can take a fast dip, things like potatoes will take up until they hurt, as much as 15 minutes.
  • Dumplings— prepare these according to package instructions.
  • Balls— these generally come completely prepared, however provide as much as 5 minutes at a boil to ensure they’re heated up through.
  • Noodles— prepare these according to package instructions.
  • Tofu— this can enter as long as little as you like.

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Do you include whatever at the same time to hot pot?

It’s simpler if you do not include whatever at the same time, simply include a couple of pieces at a time, the ones you wish to consume. This keeps the soup bubbling and the food fresh so you do not discover a random piece of tough beef that’s remained in the pot for hours.

Aid! I do not live near an Asian grocery store and still wish to hot pot

You can use a routine supermarket! Utilize chicken broth with some ginger, garlic, soy, and toasted sesame oil. Choose some meats, freeze them a little, and very finely piece. Get some leafy greens and take a look at what they have in the frozen area. There will generally be some frozen dumplings at least. Get a plan of tofu and some noodles you can have a scaled-down variation of hot pot. Order some dipping sauces online for optimum pleasure.

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Go forth and Hot Pot

Alright my good friends! You’re prepared to go forth and hot pot. Cook, dip, and gnaw. I hope you offer this an opportunity. It’s so relaxing and soothing and warm.

Delighted hot-potting!
xoxo steph

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Hot Pot in your home

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Overall Time 15 minutes


  • 1 bundle hot pot soup mix see notes for replacement
  • 1 pound meat a minimum of 2 kinds, very finely sliced ribeye and pork jowl chosen
  • 1 pound seafood a minimum of 2 kinds, shrimp and salmon chosen
  • 1.5 pound veggies oyster mushrooms, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes chosen
  • 1 pound tofu 1/2 company and 1/2 tofu puffs chosen
  • 8 dumplings such as gyoza or potstickers
  • 8 fish balls
  • 8 meatballs vietnamese chosen, ikea if required
  • 1 pound noodles frozen sanuki udon chosen

Hot Pot Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce sweet soy sauce chosen
  • 2 tablespoon green onions very finely sliced
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Thai bird’s eye chili sliced, optional

Mike’s Hot Pot Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon catsup
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoon shacha optional

Unique Devices

  • induction burner
  • large shallow pot


  • Set up all active ingredients on different plates, keeping the meats together, seafood together, and dumplings and meatballs together, so as not to cross contaminate. Or simply organize each active ingredient by itself pot ingredients |
  • Integrate your soup combine with adequate water to fill the pot 1″ from the top. Bring your soup to a boil at the table. See notes for soup mix options.
  • Make the sauces: integrate sauce active ingredients and let sit for 1 minute in 2 different bowls. Taste and change as required. See post for sauce pot sauces |
  • Set location settings, divvy up sauces, and put beverages. Prepare and reserve a carafe or pitcher of water to fill up the soup when it gets low. Take pleasure in!hot pot recipe |


If you can’t get your hands on a hot pot soup package, integrate 1 quart chicken stock, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, 1 tablespoon sliced ginger, and 1 tablespoon sliced green onions, and adequate water to fill your pot.
You can likewise utilize instantaneous dashi powder.
Approximated nutrition does not consist of sauce or soup.

Approximated Nutrition

Nutrition Information.
Hot Pot in your home.

Quantity Per Serving.

Calories 888
Calories from Fat 230

% Daily Worth *

Fat 25.6 g 39% Hydrogenated fat 5.5 g 34% Cholesterol 293mg 98% Salt 860mg 37% Potassium 1408mg 40% Carbs 32.4 g 11% Fiber 5.1 g 21% Sugar 5.9 g 7% Protein 130.6 g 261% * Percent Daily Worths are based upon a 2000 calorie diet plan.

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