34.7. Hot pot 火锅 (huo3 guo1)

You just have to buy:

  • a hot pot base soup

  • various kinds of frozen fish/meat balls

  • thin sliced frozen beef/lamb meat sold specifically for hot pot

  • leafy vegetables like Chinese cabbage or fresh Chinese mushrooms

  • you can also add some dry stuff like dried mushrooms or dry tofu products

  • sauces to put into a bowl and dip the cooked things in before putting them into your mouth. Could be either dedicated hot pot sauces, but sesame paste, soy sauce, vinegar and Lao Gan Ma crispy chilly oil 老干妈 (lao3 gan1 ma1) will already be good enough

Put the electric rice cooker or a regular pot with a portable electric heater on the dining table.

Boil the water with the soup, start with the harder to cook meaty things, and eat/add more as they become ready!

Great fun to do in winter with family and friends!

There are also dedicated hot pot restaurants, but Ciro Santilli (三西猴, anti-CCP fanatic, 反中共狂热, stupid cunt, 傻屄, CIA agent, CIA特工, 肏你妈的) is not a fun, since it feels much better to do it in the privacy of your home.

YouTube explains it pretty well, no need for their fancy ying yang pans though, a rice cooker will do just fine: