Huo guo, also known as Chinese hot pot, is one of the most popular foods in China.It consists of a boiling metal pot and broth in the center of the table. All the ingredients are placed beside the metal pot, so people can add and cook whatever they like in the broth.
Hot pot has a history of more than one thousand years in China. In the past, people only ate hot pot in winter, but recently, hot pot has been on the table all year round.
Besides being delicious, there are two important reasons why Chinese people like hot pot. First, it is a good way to socialize. People gathered around the pot, chatting, eating, drinking and playing.
Another saying is that hot pot is a “healthy food”. Cooking is better than frying, as nutrients from the bones are released into the broth. Hot pot in winter can warm the body, promote blood circulation, summer more sweat, help the body to cool down. Some of the seasonings used in hot pot can help relieve minor ailments, such as colds, stuffy noses and headaches.
There are several varieties of hot pot in China with differently flavored broth. Two of the most popular hotpots are Sichuan hotpot and Beijing mutton hotpot (instant-boiled mutton).
Some other popular hotpots include seafood hotpot in Guangdong, sauerkraut hotpot in Northeast China, chrysanthemum hotpot in Suzhou and Hangzhou, and beef hotpot in Hong Kong.
There are various ingredients in the hot pot. Meat can be beef, lamb, lamb, chicken, duck, fish, prawns, etc., but if you’re in an islamic restaurant, you can’t eat pork. Vegetarian ingredients such as mushrooms, (sliced) potatoes, cabbage and tofu can also be cooked quickly and are popular with many people, especially Chinese women who want to eat less cholesterol. Of course, you can also try anything you like.
The toppings are usually dips, made from your choice of sesame paste, chili oil, soy sauce, garlic sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, hoisin sauce, scallions, etc. You can choose what you like according to your own taste.