As an international student who has been studying abroad for almost five years, homesickness is not an issue anymore. However, I still miss the food from back home. One dish that my family usually has is “Hotpot,” a traditional Chinese dish which is usually eaten on a cold day. Similar to the Korean BBQ, you need to “cook” it yourself, but it’s worth the time and effort.
As you can see in the picture, Hotpot is literately a HOT POT. It’s very easy to make it. I usually buy the pre-made soup paste from an Asian grocery store. You can include whatever you want to eat: meat, vegetables, or noodles. No matter your choice(s), you boil the ingredients into the soup paste. I also make my own dipping sauce which is sesame sauce mixed with a little bit soy sauce and oyster sauce.
Here are the ingredients that I have for your reference if you want to replicate a Hotpot as above:
- Hotpot paste (available at any Asian Store)
- Slide beef
- Fish ball & fish tofu
- Frozen tofu
- Napa cabbage
- Fried tofu
- Lotus root
- Noodles (tips: put the noodles in last, otherwise your stew will be very thick.)
Hope you have some good homemade Hotpot!