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 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!