It’s that time of year again! When you’re looking for a break from the traditional chicken noodle soup or chilli, look no further. Cooler weather calls for warm soups and nothing is better than Chinese hot pot recipes that bring family and friends to the dinner table. And they are much easier to make than you may think. So let’s grab our large soup pot and get started!
How to Make a Chinese Hot Pot
We love hot pot recipes and we know you do too! That’s why one of our best selling menu items is our Spicy Dry Hot Pot. Highly recommended by both the Eater and the Miami Herald, you’ll enjoy our take on the traditional hot pot with a modern twist. With fresh ingredients like our Wagyu Ribeye imported directly from Japan and vegetables you can pluck straight from our restaurant garden, your taste buds will thank you!
Until you visit, we can share a few mouthwatering secrets to making great Chinese hot pot recipes that everyone will devour in your home kitchen. Traditionally, in Chinese culture, soups are a source of healing and nourishment. Respect for the ingredients and process of making soups is an important part of Chinese cuisine and culture. Hot pot recipes have greatly evolved but have been around for centuries. Now, they are appreciated and personalized in numerous countries around the world, including America. We couldn’t be happier about the growing popularity and now look forward to sharing these traditions with you:
- 6 cups of chicken stock
- 6 cups of water
- ½ cup of rice vinegar
- ⅓ cup of soy sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoons of sesame oil
- 3 – 5 slices of fresh ginger
- 3 – 5 cloves of cracked garlic
- 1 pound of thinly sliced boneless chicken thighs
- 5 ounces of bean thread noodles or rice noodles
- 1 bunch of green onions
- 1 ½ cup of mung bean sprouts
- 8 ounces of any variety of mushrooms
- 4 baby bok choy
- Chile garlic sauce
- Phase 1: In your large soup pot, bring water, chicken stock, rice vinegar, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil to a boil. Next, add the sliced chicken and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until completely cooked. Once cooked, add the noodles and cover while removing from heat.
- Phase 2: While your soup pot is removed from heat, chop all vegetables and distribute to serving bowls. Once you’re ready to serve, allow everyone to take a serving of vegetables with a small amount of chili sauce.
- Phase 3: Now, use a ladle to distribute the soup over the vegetables and allow them to sit for about 5 minutes. So good!
- Bonus: When you make the broth a day in advance, it allows the flavors to intensify and become richer. Once you’re ready to serve, just remove from the refrigerator and boil while adding the sliced chicken. Follow the remaining instructions from the recipe and you’ve got dinner!
Fun Facts About Hot Pot Recipes
- Gathering the family around for a fun and interactive hot pot meal is a win-win for everyone, no matter what the weather is like! This tradition dates back to the Han Dynasty in northern China where the best way to ward off the cold was a bowl of boiling hot soup. This, cozy yet informal method of dining helps to strengthen bonds and warm hearts. While the water and chicken broth are boiling, plats are prepared with various ingredients to add to individual serving bowls later.
- In the past, the cooking pot was metal, or ceramic and charcoal were used to fuel the fire. We now use gas or electricity but if you are feeling nostalgic, charcoal will work too! The tradition quickly spread throughout other parts of China and evolved to include other ingredients. The most popular seafood ingredients include crab, oysters, fish fillet, clams, and squid. For hot pot recipes that include meat, you’ll find beef, pork, and chicken placed on the side. Vegetables are always an integral part of a hot pot meal and usually consist of spinach, turnip, cabbage, celery, green onions, coriander, and lettuce with dark green leaves.
- Bean noodles and bean curd play an important role in the meal since they absorb the flavors they are placed in. These ingredients are usually added later to help fill up the soup. It’s critical to note that added ingredients like meats and vegetables should not be overcooked. The idea is to maintain some tenderness which enhances the combination of flavors.
Different Styles of Hot Pot Recipes
- Every country has their own version of a noodle soup, and China is no exception. With the popularity of hot pot recipes spreading, it’s no surprise that there are a number of variations of the dish. You’ll find the traditional Sichuan hot pot at our restaurant in all its spicy glory. It’s made with pepper oil, which adds to its flavorful spiciness.
- Other variations include the Chongqing hot pot which is very similar to the Sichuan hot pot. Chongqing city, also referred to as the “capital of Chinese hot pots”, used to be a part of the Sichuan province and you can see those similarities in the cooking style. Special ingredients typically included in both varieties include beef tripe and beef marrow, but now are limited to mostly seafood, vegetables, and various meats.
- Yuangyang hotpot is a fun Sichuan style variety that gives your guests the opportunity to try both spicy and non-spicy broth divided into two separate soup pots. With this dish, you get the best of both worlds all at the same time and your guests will love you for it. The spicy or red pepper stock is made with salt beans, beef lard, cayenne pepper, ginger, wild pepper, Shaoxing rice wine, and crystal sugar. In contrast, the white stock is usually made with white bean sauce, chicken, duck, ham, pork chops and other light, tasty ingredients.
How to Enjoy Hot Pot
When discussing hot pot recipes, we can’t forget dipping sauces! These often include chili sauce, soy sauce, garlic sauce, seafood sauce, pepper sauce, and vinegar among others. Although hot pots may vary, dining customs remain the same. While the broth is boiling, quickly dipping ingredients until cooked using chopsticks is customary. When adding ingredients, including those that take longest to cook first, then thinly sliced meats and vegetables. After ensuring all meats are thoroughly cooked, add dipping sauces and enjoy!
Your Hot Pot Miami Restaurant
Now that you know the secrets to a great hot pot, you can make this at home whenever you like. Hot pots are perfect for special occasions, celebrations, or casual gatherings with friends and family. As the holidays approach, you may want to add this to your list of fun holiday activities. For the days you don’t want to cook, we have you covered with a diverse and delicious menu you’ll have to make a second trip for.
From our dry hot pots to our popular lamb skewers, everyone will find something they love at our hot pot Miami restaurant. Our kitchen is your kitchen when you dine with us and we look forward to serving you soon. Give us a call to order in or make your table reservations today!