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Chinese Hotpot Dinner at Home

Chinese hot pot is a warm, comforting, and social meal to have with close-knit family or friends. Learn how to make hot pot at home!

Prep Time

        Prep time: 40 minutes
        Yield: Serves 6 - 8


        Hot pot soup base with stock

Leafy Greens Options:

    •    spinach
    •    pea tips
    •    choy sum
    •    watercress
    •    napa cabbage
    •    baby bok choy
    •    chrysanthemum leaves

Other Vegetables:

    •    corn
    •    potato
    •    lotus root
    •    winter melon
    •    daikon radish
    •    pumpkin / kabocha squash


    •    wood ears
    •    king mushrooms
    •    enoki mushrooms
    •    oyster mushrooms
    •    shimeji mushrooms
    •    shiitake mushrooms

Meat & Seafood:

    •    beef
    •    prawns
    •    fish tofu
    •    scallops
    •    fish balls
    •    fish fillets
    •    beef balls
    •    pork balls
    •    pork belly
    •    fish cakes
    •    squid balls
    •    squid or cuttlefish
    •    mixed seafood balls
    •    lamb shoulder or leg
    •    pork shoulder or loin
    •    boneless chicken breast or thigh

Stable Starches:

    •    rice cakes
    •    rice vermicelli
    •    shirataki noodles
    •    frozen dumplings
    •    mung bean vermicelli
    •    fresh spinach noodles
    •    thin fresh white noodles

Tofu & Bean Curd:

    •    firm tofu
    •    soy puffs
    •    frozen tofu
    •    pressed tofu
    •    bean threads
    •    dried bean curd rolls
    •    fresh tofu sheet / skin

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

    •    soy sauce
    •    sesame oil
    •    white pepper
    •    minced garlic
    •    sha cha sauce
    •    chili oil / sauce
    •    chopped cilantro
    •    chopped scallions
    •    fried shallots or garlic
    •    toasted sesame seeds
    •    Sichuan peppercorn oil
    •    peanut butter or peanut sauce
    •    chili garlic sauce / sambal oelek
    •    Chinese sesame paste or sauce
    •    Chinese black vinegar / rice vinegar


  1. Place boiling soup base or stock in a wide, shallow pot the center of the table on a portable electric burner.
  2. Place individual plates of raw ingredients on the table, along with dipping sauce ingredients.
  3. Have each diner mix their own dipping sauce while the pot of soup comes to a boil. Once boiling, begin adding ingredients to the pot. Be sure to cook ingredients through before consuming, and allow the pot to boil for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute after adding any raw meat or seafood.

This great family recipe is thanks to The Woks Of Life at


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