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How To Use A Fire Pot - Hot Pot

Updated on July 3, 2015

Create great communal dishes for a picnic this summer

The Asian fire pot is a leisurely and interactive way to eat. Made from metal or ceramic, circular in shape and supported by a base. On the outside is a trough, a chimney raises up in the middle and hot coals are placed inside the chimney base area.

The trough holds a stock and it is kept simmering by the hot coals. Thinly sliced ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table.

Some people place the meat and vegetables into the stock and cook it to taste, others slap the meat on the chimney first, watching it sizzle and peel off dropping into the trough to further cook.

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hot pot

Surprise and delight

This type of cuisine is also referred to as "steamboat".

Plates of prepared vegetables, fish and meats thinly sliced into strips to cut down on the cooking time.

The solid ingredient is up to individual tastes and this could be a vegetarian dish, fish dish or a mixture including meat.

Cooking fish, meats or vegetables in stock enriches the flavour creating a tasty broth/soup so once the solid ingredients are cooked add noodles or rice ladling into bowls, the meats and vegetables once cooked can also be dipped into hot mustard, sweat and sour, curry, peanut, chilli and barbeque sauces.

Some food examples to be thinly sliced and arranged on platters


Be mindful:

The fire pot should be based on a heat resistant surface, protective mat, clay tile or fill a metal tray with a few cups of water so that the table will not be damaged.


Now for the Stock

The stock is prepared before adding to the fire pot. Heat a chicken, vegetable or fish stock adding the selected herbs and spices.


1/2 cup rice wine

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 knob ginger root, finely shredded

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/4 cup black bean sauce

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

3 Szechuan peppers, finely diced

One spring union finely diced

Bring to a simmer and pour into the fire pot trough. If taking on a picnic allow to cool and place it in a plastic container for transporting.



  • Stock (chicken beef or pork) as above
  • 1 Lbs. - 0.45kgs - boneless skinless chicken breast thinly sliced
  • 8 thin sliced pork steaks
  • 1 Lbs. - 0.45kgs - beef tenderloin thinly sliced
  • 1 Lbs. - 0.45kgs - shrimp peeled deveined thickly sliced
  • 10 mushrooms thickly sliced
  • 2 Chinese cabbage thinly shredded
  • 2 spring onions thinly sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 4 portions of noodles (see packet directions)


  1. Place the ingredients onto individual serving plates or a large platter so that the diners can ladle, skewer or fork their chosen food into the simmering stock or pressing against the chimney and then into the stock, once cooked they can coat with a choice of dipping sauce.
  2. Finally add bean sprouts, cabbage, spring onions, mushrooms, and noodles to the stock tenderising as it simmers and serve into bowls.
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    • rainbowbutterfl1 profile image


      6 years ago

      " Hot pot " here is very popular at the restaurants or even at home now that is winter . :)

    • audrey07 profile image


      6 years ago

      Steamboat is actually very popular among the Chinese. It is very common on the menu at eateries during the winter months.

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      Rosetta Slone 

      6 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Yes, and food cooked on it tastes so good!

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      6 years ago

      Can't say I have but it looks like a great way to cook.

    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      No but this sounds like a very nice and intimate way of eating together.

    • Hypersapien2 profile image


      6 years ago from U.S.

      I haven't, but it looks fun!

    • ozylizzy profile image


      6 years ago

      No, but my sister-in-law has talked about a steam boat. great to see what she meant.

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      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @AustriaChick: Hi DeniseClarke thanks for the squid like.

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      6 years ago

      New information for me ... I had never used a fire pot!

    • Mark Shearman profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @JoshK47: Thanks JoshK47 and for the blessing.

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      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Craftypicks: Hi, thanks for visiting.

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      6 years ago

      I can't say I have - but this is pretty awesome! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @SoniaCarew: Thanks for visiting.

    • SheilaMilne profile image


      6 years ago from Kent, UK

      No I haven't used a firepot. It sounds great!

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      Lori Green 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      That stock recipe looks really yummy!

    • Mark Shearman profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @SheilaMilne: Hi, thanks.

    • SoniaCarew profile image


      6 years ago

      NO! First time I heard of it! Sounds interesting though,...

    • Mark Shearman profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @gatornic15: Hi gatornic15, thanks for the like.

    • Mark Shearman profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @BookNympho LM: Hi, you should try them they are great.

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      BookNympho LM 

      6 years ago

      I've never heard of them, much less used one, but now I really want too!

    • gatornic15 profile image


      6 years ago

      I have never used a fire pot, but it looks like a great idea!

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      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

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      6 years ago

      I can't say I've used a fire pot, but I love it! This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing this fun summer cooking idea. Great recipes too.

    • Mark Shearman profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Einar A: Hi Einar A, thanks for the like.

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      Einar A 

      6 years ago

      I have never cooked in one before, but this looks like a great way to prepare large meals outdoors!

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      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks for reading Sylvestermouse, Iâm glad you enjoyed it, really kind.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Oh, this is fabulous! I have never cooked in a fire pot before. What a wonderfully fun way to cook and share a meal. Thanks for the stock recipe too. This is simply awesome!


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