Hotpot (火鍋), or commonly known in Cantonese as ‘da bin lo’ (打邊爐), is a fantastic way of gathering friends and family around the dinner table for fun-fuelled food antics! Essentially, the centre-piece of the dining table is a simmering pot of broth on a hot plate. Whilst this ‘hotpot’ is kept simmering, food is placed into the pot and cooked at the table. No gourmet chefs here… just simple, easy and fun times where everyone can get involved. Perfect for feeding and entertaining the masses!
Since you can pretty much add anything you want to a hotpot, the beauty is that there isn’t a 100% correct way of doing it. From different sauces, to different ingredients to different stock, as much or as little as you like, everyone’s version is different and this is brilliant! Incredibly simple and highly versatile, and this encourages plenty of experimentation and creativity.
We’d love to hear about your own variations of hotpot! Are there any foods we’ve missed out that you simply must have when hosting a hotpot? How about sauce recipes or your own stock mixes? Do you have a favourite? Feel free to also share your photos.