Hot Pot How-to

Say “Hello” To Hot Pot

Part cooking, part bonding with family and friends, DIY hot pot parties are 100% fun. Plus, hosting an epic hot pot party boils down to a few key components—a heat source, soup or broth, and ingredients for dipping—which are infinitely riff-able and easily adapted to match your taste and kitchen.

Don’t have a countertop burner? Use a heavy dutch oven or earthenware donabe to keep your broth hot. Not a fan of meat? Skip it entirely by using a vegetable broth and mushrooms for added umami. Like it hot? We won’t keep you from adding (or not adding) all the spice you can handle.

Here’s our hot pot how-to. Enjoy with a refreshing can of Sauvignon Blanc and have fun!

Hot Pot How-to



  • 4 qt chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 lemongrass stocks, crushed and cut into one inch pieces
  • One 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and quartered
  • 1-2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown or palm sugar
  • 2-4 Thai chilies slices and added to taste
  • 1 bunch cilantro

Mix and Match:

  • Meat or chicken (sliced thin), shrimp, egg, or tofu
  • Seasonal veggies like mushrooms or baby bok choy
  • Rice or buckwheat noodles


  • Saute garlic, lemongrass, ginger and chillies to taste in the bottom of your pot.
  • Once aromatic, add in fish sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and brown sugar.
  • Once sugar is dissolved, add in stock and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce temperature to a simmer, and add in chopped cilantro to taste.
  • Bring hot pot to table and place on burner. Add your desired hot pot ingredients and enjoy!
Categories: Recipes
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