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Cold winter?Eat Hotpot!
Author: From: Date:2013-1-15 Hits:1684

Hot pot (),

less commonly Chinese fondue or steamboat, refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal

pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table.

Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. Vegetables,

fish and meat should be fresh. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter.

Different kinds of hot pot can be found in Beijing typically, more modern eateries offer the sectioned bowl with differently flavored broths in each

section. More traditional or older establishments serve a fragrant, mild broth in the hot pot, which is a large brass vessel heated by burning coals

in a central chimney. Broth is boiled in a deep, donut-shaped bowl surrounding the chimney.

One of the most famous variations is the Chongqing or Chungking ( "numb and spicy") hot pot, to which a special spice known as

( "flower pepper" or Sichuan Pepper, or Prickly Ash) is added. Combined with spicy ingredients like chili, it creates a sensation

on the tongue that is both spicy and burns and numbs slightly, almost like carbonated beverages. It is usual to use a variety of different meats

as well as sliced mutton fillet. A Chongqing hotpot is markedly different from the types eaten in other parts of China. Quite often the differences

lie in the meats used, the type of soup base, and the sauces and condiments used to flavor the meat. could be used to distinguish

from simply in cases when people refer to the "Northern Style Hot Pot" in China. , (instantboiled lamb)

could be viewed as representative of this kind of food, which does not focus on the soup base.

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