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Hot Pot Style of Eating and Cooking : Hot Pot and Foods That Can be Cooked with Hot Pot

Updated on January 31, 2015

Hot Pot Style of Eating and Cooking : Hot Pot and Foods That Can be Cooked with Hot Pot

I used to eat at Chinese restaurants and always there is a hot pot in the middle of the table where you can cook the food you like while you are eating at the table with other people, usually your friends, relatives or acquaintances.

Hot pot is simply cooking foods, stew foods meat or vegetables and then you dip it in a sauce. This style of cooking is very famous in East Asia -- China, Taiwan and Japan most specially.

Hot pot cooking and eating is a venue for family and friends to gather together to share -- this is good for updating each other about each personal things -- conversations while the food is cooking.

Hot pot cooking and eating is usually for semi formal gathering of relatives friends and acquaintances. However in winter, hot pot cooking is usually done.

Hot Pot Style of Cooking

Brief History of Hot Pot

Hot Pot was introduced in China in the 6th to 8th AD to take care of people because of the cold winter, they needed something hot to eat. During the Tang Dynasty, the southern part of China was influenced by the hot pot style of cooking, then it spread across the country, then to neighboring countries -- Eastern countries like Japan, Taiwan (Taiwan cuisine is greatly influenced by Japanese cuisine in general). There emerged different variations of hot pot style of cooking like :

  • Japanese -sukiyaki beef hot pot and shabu shabu same as in Taiwan
  • Sichuan, China -
  • Thailand hot pot
  • Singapore hot pot
  • Hong Kong hot pot
  • China hot pot
  • Manchurian hot pot
  • Vietnamese hot pot

See the video below for the information.

There are variations in the condiments and seasoning, plus broth and food

Basic stock of hot pot is dependent on water, soup base (your choice) and the salt

How Does Hot Pot Work?

Usually you will need a cooking pot situated in the middle of the table for everybody to reach out and put the raw food of their choice. The cooking pot will utilized by propane gas, electricity or charcoal. You can use metal for the pot or ceramics, or clay pot. I prefer this one, it tastes good and flavorful when you cooked in clay pot.

The meat should be thinly sliced as when the broth which is boiling is good for the meat to be cooked immediately. The raw vegetables should be cut in appropriate sizes.

Chopstick is needed when you dropped the uncooked foods at the hot pot.

You can prepare sauce for the food prior to cooking hot pot style.

Hot Pot and Foods That Can be Cooked with Hot Pot


  • meat balls like beef balls and trife, pork and chicken -- thinly sliced
  • fish balls
  • eggs

Fishes and seafoods

  • shrimp
  • scallops
  • mussels


  • like cabbage
  • Tofu
  • spinach
  • ginger
  • tomatoes

Noodles -- Chinese, Ramen egg noodle, rice noodle, buckwheat noodle

Mushroom -- different kinds of mushroom

Foods that can be Cooked in A Hot Pot

Eating Hot Pot Style

You will need a chopstick, a bowl if you want to eat the soup (broth), put the preferred vegetables or meat then scoop it in your plate and eat it. You can dip it in the sauce first,


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    • vespawoolf profile image

      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've never tried hot pot style eating, but it sounds delicious. I love your photos, too. It'd be a fun idea when cooking for guests and I plan to try it with seafood. Thank you!

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      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I love hot pot! Especially when I was in college and we all got together to go to the restaurant and indulge in the hot pot buffet. I wonder if I can re-create something similar with my slow cooker and electric griddle and host a hot pot night with my family one of these days.

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      Kim Morgan Gregory 

      7 years ago from The Coast of The South Carolina Lowcountry

      Oh man this article is the detail and all the photos. Well written! I have always wanted to prepare this and now I have a great resource! Thanks for sharing!

    • Cheeky Girl profile image

      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Wow, Maita - this is hot! Not just Hot Pot hot but Hot Hub hot! Heh! The videos are fantastic and the food is up to your usual brill standard. I think you will have to come over here and please open a restaurant!!! Cathy would LOVE that! You're the BEST!!!!!


    • daryl21anthony profile image


      9 years ago

      I LOVE HOT POT!...SHABU SHABU, its awesome. For the people that live in Flushing New York, there's a restaurant on main called XING SHABU SHABU, all you can eat hot pot with all sorts of meat and vegetables and all you can drink. It's awesome, you guys should check it out

    • BkCreative profile image


      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I've always loved the idea of the Hot Pot. It's such a wonderful way to eat and share and enjoy the company of good friends and family.

      Thanks for the great photos too. A really informative hub!

      Rated up and more!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for this delicious collection! I've bookmarked it so I can come back and try several of these :)


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