Hot Pot is LIFE | Homemade Hot Pot


Hot Pot is LIFE


This is not my 1st post on Hot Pot and it will not be my last. When a dish makes the type of impact on you that Hot Pot does, you do not fight it. You embrace the goodness, hit the grocery store, fire up the butane stove, and get to work. Then you post photos in everyone's faces until they have no choice but to indulge in this cuisine themselves.

Let's get into it.


Hot Pot Pot Cooking


Homemade Shrimp Balls

One of the many options that make Hot Pot so desirable is the numerous variations of balls to add to the process. The balls are almost always loaded with protein along with varying flavours that can take this meal to the next level.

The next few photos take you through the process of making shrimp balls from scratch.


Shrimp Ball Mix


The shrimp mixture is a combination of:

  • peeled, deveined shrimp/prawn (pat dry with paper towel)
  • beaten egg white
  • scallion
  • white pepper
  • kosher salt
  • cornstarch
  • Shaoxing wine
  • cooking oil

Egg Whites


Put all ingredients in a food processor until mixed well. You may need to utilize a pulse method of blending while stopping intermittently to scrape the sides back into the blade area.


Mix For Shrimp Balls


At this point, you should have your mixture ready to go! With wet hands, form small balls on a lined baking sheet. Put balls into the fridge to firm up until ready to cook.


Homemade Shrimp Balls


Prepare a platter or a baking sheet of the balls you will be serving. I normally go overboard in this area, but that's what Hot Pot is all about. For me, this form of cuisine is entirely about enjoying yourself with others which involves overindulging with everything that goes along with it.


Shrimp, Tofu, Lobster & Fish Balls


This next step is an absolute must. Having some sauces to add gives you the ability to satisfy more people with options to please every palate. Not everyone wants spicy broth; not everyone likes overpowering ginger flavours.

Having some sauces that can provide these stronger tastes is essential. These 2 sauces are scrumptious and go so well with the entire dish.


Homemade Scallion Hot Pepper Sauce


  • peanut oil or olive oil
  • soy sauce
  • rice vinegar
  • hot chili oil
  • chili peppers
  • scallions
  • cilantro
  • ginger

Homemade Scallion Hot Pepper Sauce Base


Chopped Peppers For Sauce


This is my favourite of the two sauces and it packs a nice spicy punch along with a plethora of flavours.

It is simple to prepare this sauce as you toss all vegetables and herbs into a small bowl, heat up the oil in a saucepan, then drizzle the hot oil over the greens.


Homemade Scallion Hot Pepper Sauce


Ginger Scallion Sauce

  • peanut oil
  • minced ginger
  • scallions
  • kosher salt
  • ground white pepper
  • sesame oil

Ginger Scallion Sauce


Homemade Ginger Scallion Sauce


For this sauce, be sure to heat the oil first, then cook the ginger for 1 minute with the scallions soon to follow for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients. You can refrigerate it overnight but you want to serve it at room temperature.


Homemade Ginger Scallion & Scallion Hot Pepper Sauce


Hot Pot Broth

  • chicken broth or water
  • barbeque sauce
  • Asian fish sauce
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • limes

Hot Pot Broth At Beginning


BBQ Sauce For Broth


The broth is straightforward and easy to make. There is no need to get too fancy with the broth as you have the sauces and many flavours that go into it during the cooking process. Be prepared to have extra broth on standby as it will deplete fast as you rotate through your cooking batches.


Vegetables

  • bok choy
  • corn on the cob
  • enoki mushrooms
  • seafood mushrooms
  • spinach
  • lotus root

Bok Choy


These are just some of the extras that I enjoy in my Hot Pot but the possibilities really are endless. While I may be excessive in the protein department, I stick to these veggies for my preference. The beautiful thing about this cuisine is that no two versions need to be the same. Find the combinations that you prefer and go with them. You cannot go wrong.

Many people enjoy seaweed, dumplings and many other items. You can Hot Pot anything!


Seafood Mushrooms (prefer Enoki)


Rice Noodle

Purchase the rice noodle that you prefer and follow the instructions on the package. Do not forget to rinse with cold water after draining. If you skip this step, you will have one ball of noodles stuck together which becomes a challenge to eat properly.


Rice Noodle


Meat & Seafood

Similar to vegetables, the world is at your fingertips with which meats you prefer using. Many markets sell Hot Pot ready packages of different meats.

In my case, I live in a city with an enormous amount of Chinese influence where anything and everything is available.


Pacific Tiger Prawns


Pacific Tiger Prawns are one of my favourite additions, but any prawn would do the trick. Sea Scallops are an ideal ingredient as well.

For fish, our treasure in the Pacific Northwest is a fish called Pacific Halibut. We refer to it as "white gold". While it is a bit pricey, this fish has a wonderful texture that cooks firm and tastes amazing. Again, this is an area where almost any fish can work.


Tiger Prawn


Red Meats

On this day, we used thinly sliced beef and thinly sliced pork. This always seems to go well with the seafood options that I can never seem to pass up. Lamb is a great addition to Hot Pot so do not hesitate to experiment!


Thinly Sliced Beef


Ready To Eat

Now that all of the food is at the table and ready to dive into, fire up that butane stove and start with your hardest vegetables first, then start adding everything else in batches.


Served Table


Utensils

It is important to have some Hot Pot specific tools of the trade to maneuver the ingredients around the table. A selection of ladles, broth spoons and large chopsticks will aid in efficiently serving Hot Pot to your guests.


Hot Pot Utensils


Grab some wine. You only live once.


Hot Pot & Wine


Call me strange, but there are dishes out in the world that nearly provide an intimate type of experience with. I am not talking about something that arouses your sexual desires, I am referring to a drawn-out process so pleasing to the palette that the senses you possess through your mouth sync up with your soul. Moments where a slight sense of euphoria has spread around the room, removing the space of all anxieties and inhibitions making room for undeniable smiles and contagiously easy-going conversation.

Hot Pot is one of those magical pastimes that bring out the best in your company creating memories each and every time you partake in it.


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Wow.... this is an incredible-looking dish! Thanks so much for sharing 😍🙏

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So many gorgeous pictures! I haven't had hotpot since last winter, but this definitely makes me want it again!

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My mouth watered when looking at those images and I had no idea it was so simple to make shrimp balls at home. I'll try to remember the recipe. Thanks!

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You will not regret it. The sauces are a must as well!

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The sauces are a must as well!

Indeed they are. Hey, just got back and catching up on messages.

Happy Holidays! 🎊

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I never try a hot pot in my life such a shame, your one look so yummy!❤️🤩

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It is worth trying at least once! But once you do try it, you will want it again and again. Thank you for the compliment! 🙏

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Oh my gosh this looks divine! I'll definitely give it a shot. I've never made a hot pot! I've always been intrigued. Thanks for sharing!

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Not only is it a great tasting experience, the ambience and mood that it brings to everyone is worth it alone.

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Oh that sounds exactly what I love the most about cooking for my family ❤️

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