Chinese Hot Pot: The Perfect Comfort Food

When the weather is cold, Chinese people like to have hot pot 火锅 (huǒ guō).

A hot pot is a metal pot that is placed in the center of the table and contains broth. The broth continuously simmers while different ingredients are added and cooked. Throughout the whole meal, one can add, meat, seafood, vegetables… any ingredients you wish.

There are many different kinds of hot pots. My favorite kind of hot pot is seafood. Not every Chinese restaurant serves hot pot since it requires a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. In Taiwan, there are restaurants that serve hot pot exclusively and you can easily find out which restaurants serve it by their name. Since hot pot is not as commonly seen here in the States, anyone who wants to try it will need to do a little bit of research or ask their Chinese friends.

If you’d like to try making hot pot at home, add chopped corn, a big pork bone, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and some Chinese herbs to make the broth. Once it starts boiling, you can add in meat or seafood and the vegetables that you like.

 Photo Credit: Thinkstock