Stone Chen, 78
Retired Mechanical Engineer, Chinese
Languages: English, Chinese
The Chinese New Year Hot Pot
To celebrate Chinese New Year
every year, we get together with our
family and relatives and have a
traditional Chinese hot pot dinner
such as the one shown here on the
A hot pot is simply a boiling
pot of plain water; ingredients are
put in the water, making a type of combination stew, broth and soup. Each person cooks his own
ingredients in the boiling water, usually swishing the piece of food around until it is cooked, or
simply submerging the food and taking it out when it is done.
The food cooks quickly, each
person gets to eat exactly what they want, and at the end of the event everyone is left with a rich,
Each family brings raw ingredients that he or she would like to cook in the hot
The most popular food choices are types of marinated meat, such as chicken, beef, fish, or
Vegetables such as cabbage or tofu are also used.
Seasoning is provided by salt, soy
sauce, onions, and often white pepper.
Any type of hot pot will work, however since the hot pot
is most usually placed on the dining table between the participants, an electrically heated pot is
often most convenient.
Often the host family provides other dishes, such as clear rice noodles or
plain steamed white rice, which are meant to compliment the food from the hot pot.