How to order a great Hotpot meal in China

April 26, 2010 | Posted by Sarah

The typical ingredients for a great hotpot meal, above. The broth in which you cook the ingredients is split into spicy (red color) and not spicy (white color).

Have you ever heard of hotpot? Well, if not, please read this article carefully since it will introduce something really delicious to you!

What is a hotpot?

Being popular all over the country, hot pot is a famous Chinese dish. It refers to several varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, vermicelli, and seafood. One good thing is you can choose according to your own preference. Then just take out the ready dish and eat while the other dishes are being stewed. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce.

Among all the Chinese types of hot pot, Sichuan hotpot is the most famous. It is especially known for its spicy flavor.

When to eat?

In the past, hot pot was often eaten in winter to keep warm. However, nowadays many people enjoyed eating hot pot on a hot summer day in a room with air conditioner.

Where to eat?

In Beijing, restaurants specializing in hotpot are dotted around the city. It’s easy to find one anywhere. And if you have enough time, you can also try cooking hot pot yourself at home.

(source: Wikipedia. Accessed on July 20, 2010)

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