“Hot Pot” is a popular style of family dining. Sometimes it’s called Chinese fondue or fire pot. Family and friends share a pot of steaming broth as they cook and dine together. This intimate communal style of dining has been a tradition in Asian culture for over a thousand years.
Some say this style of cooking originated from Mongolia, China. Wherever it started from, it’s a dining tradition that is now practiced all over the world. Most Asian cultures have their own version of ‘Hot Pot’ and many have grown up with this dining tradition. The Thai hot pot, the Korean version of the Japanese Shabu-Shabu, Taiwanese, and ‘anything goes’ hot pot have been the most popular in my family.
The hot pot restaurants in Vancouver, BC were the inspiration for us to introduce this wonderful style of communal dining to our customers. If you’re ever in Vancouver, BC, go for hot pot in Chinatown or Richmond.
Try hot pot at home. It’s very simple to prepare, though time consuming. It’s worth it if you have a large group to feed. The time spent shopping and preparing is made up by not having to cook a single thing since each person does their own cooking. Great places to shop for ingredients are Uwajimaya, H-Mart, and An Dong. Each offers Asian staples like a variety of tofu, tofu ‘meat ball’, tofu cakes, seafood ‘meat balls’, fresh seafood, and an assortment of vegetables, noodles, and dumplings. Shopping for dipping sauces are fun too. The general options include soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, mustard sauce, fish sauce, peanut sauce, chili sauce, hot oil, sliced garlic, ginger, green onions, cilantro, lime, and jalapeno peppers. Each person can use these ingredients to prepare their individual dipping sauces.
I’m addicted to hot pot, especially this time of the year. Loved it as a kid and now I share this tradition with my friends.
We are excited to be adding the hot pot tradition to Seres this fall with a Hot Pot Menu. 10% of sales from this menu will be equally distributed to Bradley Angle, Raphael House, and Domestic Violence Resource Center.