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Chinese hot pot AT HOME

January 24, 2009

This meal was TOTALLY worthy of its own post– it’s from a while ago (January 11th, to be exact), and I wrote it down in my journal:January 089January 090 January 091 

We had homemade hot pot tonight– into the savory mushroom broth went the stringy, spaghetti-like fungi, winter melon, daikon, Napa cabbage, frozen tofu (which acquires a spongy, porous consistency), pea shoots, mung bean sprouts, glass noodles, and of course, lamb for the parents. January 096January 093

We dipped it all in a sauce of sesame paste, red fermented tofu (dou fu ru), seafood paste, wild  leek paste, soy sauce, chili oil, and cilantro. Sound gourmet? It was. If it hadn’t been for the rich, spicy sauce, the meal would have been almost monastic in character.January 098January 102 January 104

Hot pot is the best possible kind of food to eat in cold weather– it really warms you up from the inside, and waiting for everything to cook makes you eat more slowly. However, you never know when you’re full! You just kind of keep eating and using the raw ingredients, and when you finally run out, you just drink the soup, which by then has soaked up the flavors of what you’ve dipped in it.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Molly permalink
    January 26, 2009 1:18 pm

    Nice to see you back!

    I had hotpot last night too! It was too bad I only had 10 minutes to eat before I had to leave…my tongue was burning!

  2. luckytastebuds permalink
    January 31, 2009 4:29 pm

    dang I just found your blog and i have to tell you, i have been CRAVING hot pot at home for the past 2 months (i eat it at home in Hong Kong all the time…but now that i’m in Chicago…:(…) Thank you for sharing those pics. Makes me miss home but it’s nice to live vicariously through you too!

  3. dailygoods permalink
    January 31, 2009 6:18 pm

    i’m half chinese too! love hot pots at home!! 🙂

  4. Burp~! permalink
    February 1, 2009 1:47 am

    there seriously is nothing better than family gathering round a big pot of boiling hotpot in the cold weathers! have you ever tried the ma-la kind? the spicy szechuan one that rocks your tongue!

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