Chinese Hot Pot refers to several East Asian 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, egg dumplings, and seafood. Vegetables, fish and meat should be fresh. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce.
Frozen meat is sliced deli-thin to prepare it for hot pot cooking. Slicing frozen meat this way causes it to roll up during cooking, and it is often presented as such. Meats used include lamb, beef, chicken, duck, mutton, and others.
Meat or vegetables are loaded individually into the hot cooking broth by chopsticks, and cooking time can take from 1 minute to 15, depending on the type of food. Meat should be cooked at the very least 20 seconds. Other hot pot dishes include leafy vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, and noodles. It can be eaten bland to very spicy, depending on how much spice has been put in the stew.
Basic stock is often made using:
Meats and protein vary, and can include:
Thinly sliced beef, pork, chicken, lamb, goat
Offal, ear, and other delicacies
Tofu, Tofu skin
Egg dumplings (dàn jiǎo)
Kamaboko and crab stick
Vegetables include (but are not limited to):
Garland chrysanthemum (tong ho)
Varieties of mushrooms, straw mushroom, enoki mushrooms, Shiitake, Chinese black mushrooms, golden mushrooms
Thinly sliced potatoes
Vinegar (white or black)
Coriander / Cilantro (or xiāng cài)
Sa cha sauce
Chive flower paste (韭菜花酱)
Pickled tofu (腐乳)
Satay or Peanut butter sauce, made by mixing peanut butter with water to a thick consistency (or hua sheng ru fu)
This dinner is limited to 10 people.
Everyone who RSVP's for this should bring a few different items to try in the pots, including sauces. Please post what you will be bringing so there is no duplication.
Also, if you have a fondue pot, I recommend bring this also so we can multiple pots going at the same time.
Our host lives in Woodburn, OR. Please take this under consideration when RSVPing. As I mentioned this is limited to 10 people so please be sure when you RSVP that you can attend.