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Traditional Chinese Hot Pot

Hot Pot is a popular Chinese dish that brings people together to enjoy a communal dining experience. This flavorful and customizable meal consists of a simmering pot of broth placed at the center of the table, where a variety of fresh ingredients are cooked to perfection. This recipe will guide you through the process of preparing a delicious and authentic hot pot at home.

Traditional Chinese Hot Pot
Traditional Chinese Hot Pot


- For the broth:

- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

- 2 cups water

- 2 tablespoons soy sauce

- 2 tablespoons rice wine or dry sherry

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 1-inch piece ginger, sliced

- 2 green onions, chopped

- 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns (optional for a spicy kick)

Traditional Chinese Hot Pot
Traditional Chinese Hot Pot

- For the hot pot:

- Thinly sliced meat (beef, lamb, pork, or chicken)

- Assorted seafood (shrimp, fish balls, squid, etc.)

- Tofu, cubed

- Assorted mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, oyster, etc.)

- Leafy greens (bok choy, napa cabbage, spinach, etc.)

- Noodles (udon, glass noodles, or rice noodles)

- Dipping sauces (soy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil, etc.)


1. Prepare the broth:

- In a large pot, combine the chicken or vegetable broth, water, soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, minced garlic, ginger slices, green onions, and Sichuan peppercorns (if desired).

- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

2. Set up the hot pot table:

- Place a portable electric or gas hot pot at the center of the dining table.

- Arrange the thinly sliced meat, assorted seafood, tofu, mushrooms, leafy greens, and noodles on separate plates for easy access.

3. Cooking process:

- Once the broth is ready, carefully pour it into the hot pot and turn on the heat, following the manufacturer's instructions.

- Allow the broth to come to a gentle simmer.

- Each diner can then select their desired ingredients and cook them in the simmering broth.

- Start with the meat, seafood, and tofu, as they require longer cooking times.

- Use a skimmer or small strainer to remove any impurities that float to the surface of the broth.

4. Serving:

- As the ingredients cook, encourage guests to enjoy the process of dipping and cooking their food.

- Once cooked to their liking, guests can retrieve their ingredients using chopsticks or a slotted spoon.

- Serve the hot pot ingredients with individual bowls of dipping sauces for added flavor.


- Ensure all ingredients are sliced thinly to ensure quick and even cooking.

- Use a variety of sauces to enhance the flavors of the cooked ingredients.

- Keep an eye on the heat level of the hot pot to maintain a gentle simmer without boiling over.

Traditional Chinese Hot Pot
Traditional Chinese Hot Pot


Hot Pot is a delightful culinary experience that allows you to savor a wide array of flavors and textures. With this traditional Chinese hot pot recipe, you can recreate this communal dining tradition in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy the process of cooking and sharing this delicious meal with your loved ones.

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