If there’s one thing I can eat everyday, it would be Chinese-style hot pot. Living in Seattle, hot pot is comfort food on those cold and rainy days. It’s a family-style eating tradition where a bowl of hot, flavored broth is placed in the middle of the table so that everyone can help cook of meat, fishballs, noodles and veggies in the yummy broth.
When I lived in Singapore, 90 degree weather and humidity never stopped my family from having hot pot get-togethers with our close family and friends. Everyone would bring an ingredient to add to the hot pot. Lots of conversation and fun memories revolved around cooking together and I must say, a family that eats hot pot together, stays together!
Various Asian cultures have their own version of hot pot but I have to say my favorite is Sichuanese-style, mainly because the spicy broth. Not to mention, drinking the boiling spicy soup will certainly clear up your sinuses!
The beauty of hot pot is that you can easily prepare it at home. All you need is a gas burner to boil the broth and the ingredients are pretty much left up to your own imagination! My must-have ingredients are fishballs with crab roe, beef tripe, enokitake, and lots of spicy hot pot sauce.
What are your favorite hot pot ingredients?