Hot pot is one of my favourite dishes. It is so delicious and so much fun to eat. Hot pot is also super easy to make and requires minimal preparation. Perfect for a relaxed dinner!
You can use any flavour you like. Asian grocery stores often sell hot pot seasoning. You can buy one of those or make your own. I used two flavours since my hot pot pan has a division in the middle. I bought a mushroom seasoning for the left side of the hot pot. And made a miso broth for the right side.
You can also boil anything you like in the hot pot broth. Below are a few examples of the ingredients I used. But you definitely don’t have to limit yourself to those.
To have the authentic hot pot experience you’ll need a hot pot pan, chopsticks and some hot pot strainer scoops. Stores often sell two types of hot pots. The first type is the more traditional one which you’ll have to put on a stove. Often a small portable gas stove is used to put the pan in the middle of the table. And the second type is an electric hot pot pan which does not require a stove but has a build in heating element.
My hot pot pan belongs to the first category. I have a small portable induction stove. So I just use that one to boil the food in the middle of the table. But any type of portable stove would be fine. If you don’t have a portable stove perhaps an electric hot pot pan would be the more convenient option.
If you don’t have chopsticks or hot pot strainer scoops you can also use other utensils.