The other night my sister, Dee, made Hot Pot for dinner. This was our first introduction to Hot Pot. I enjoy trying new things for dinner, especially when I don’t have to prepare it.
Hot Pot is a type of cooking that is used to make dinner at the table. It is basically a large divided dish that sits on top of a hot plate. The divided dish is great because it allows you to make one side hot and spicy and the other side mild (yes, the mild side was for me….I do not have a tolerance for spicy food). There are seasoning packets you pour into each side and then just add water. My sister bought the seasoning packets at an Asian market, but you might find something similar in the Asian aisle of your grocery store. I forgot to take a photo of the packets 🙁
To make Hot Pot you chop up a bunch of different veggies. Basically anything you could put into a soup or stew can be used.
Here we have cabbage and sweet potatoes.
Some bok choy..
Potatoes and carrots…
Yum, yum, yum aspargus…
In addition to the veggies we also cooked very thinly sliced beef and mini turkey meatballs.
Basically, you drop your veggies into the hot pot (which is plugged into the wall and the liquid boils), give them a few minutes cooking time, then scoop out and eat. After you scoop out the food, drop some more in to cook while you are eating.
We washed our dinner down with Tsingtao (pronuced ching dow) beer. Now, for those of you that don’t know, Tsingtao beer is AWESOME!!!! I don’t really drink much beer, but I love Tsingtao. It fairly easy to find in larger cities.
We really liked the hot pot. If you ever have the opportunity to try it you really should.
Note: Dee also uses her hot pot to serve soups and make chocolate fondue….it’s a multi purpose dish.