Hot Pot Party at Your House
Greetings, Friends of The Mala Market!
Just when Americans were starting to fall in love with Sichuan hot pot the way all of China has, the pandemic has made it impossible for us to go out and enjoy it at restaurants. But that doesn't mean you have to be deprived of the experience of hot pot, which is one of the most convivial and enjoyable ways to spend an evening with the family and friends you live and eat safely with.
There's a reason that Sichuan hot pot is China's most popular type of restaurant. Part of it has to do with the shocking-but-addictive numbing and spicy soup broth that you dip every kind of meat and veg into and cook yourself at the table. But perhaps the biggest part of it has to do with the built-in camaraderie of eating hot pot. You gather closely around the pot, you cook, you talk, you drink, you dip, you eat for hours on end. It's an experience as much as it is a meal.
And it's an experience that can be recreated in your home fairly easily. All you need is the pot, a portable burner and a hot pot broth to get started. Then you can cook literally just about anything you like in the pot. You can make your own hot pot broth from scratch or you can do as most home cooks do and use a readymade hot pot soup base. Either way, we have you covered!
Be well and stay safe,
🌶Taylor & Fongchong 🌶