Monday, December 27, 2010

Chinese Hot Pot

On cold nights, one of my favorite meals is hot pot - a format where everyone sits around a simmering pot of soup, and cooks various raw foods, like meats, seafood, tofu, and vegetables. It is an interactive and fun way to eat food, and you end up with a unique soup to eat. It is also easy to prepare.

Usually we have them at my parents' house with crowds of people, but on Christmas Day, our family of five had our first hot pot ever at home. My mom had gifted me an electric cook pot, perfect for making hot pots.

I cooked the broth with neck bones, tomatoes, and carrots on stove top. Added salt and dashi. Let it simmer for at least 2 hours and transferred to the electric cook pot.

Next I set out all raw foods. Ours was a very modest spread, included napa cabbage, bean thread noodles, sliced beef, shrimp balls, fishcake tempura, tofu, fried taro, and mushrooms.
Christmas 2010 Dinner
hot pot
my Christmas bowl
Then we cooked the raw ingredients in the cook pot, dipped them in Chinese barbecue sauce, and ate and ate and ate.

It was so good and warmed our tummies.

Hopefully we will have hot pot a couple more times before the winter ends. Maybe next time Anna can partake in the meal. We actually purposely started eating while she napped (a baby who likes to get her hands on everything and a hot boiling soup spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e). She did wake up toward the end and tried a bit of everything. She loved it and so did we!

How was your Christmas Day dinner? Was it non-traditional, like ours?

5 comments:

  1. I had a traditional "ham" dinner. I think I would have preferred yours!

    I think winter is a long way from over - I'm sure you will have a chance to enjoy the pot some more!

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  2. I LOVE hot pot! Funny, but we actually had it last week (before Christmas) at my parents house. For Christmas we had a traditional turkey but we also had a lot of non traditional Chinese sides :)

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  3. I ate leftovers on Christmas day. haha! We would be having steamboat at our friend's place tomorrow! It always feels like Chinese New Year when we do that! :)

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  4. Can't believe I ate everything. It's almost New Years and I'm still full from all that yummyness! Danku oh!

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