Double Flavor Hot Pot Base: Green Mala + Tomato
If you usually eat your hotpot from a yin-yang, double-compartment pot—like our custom-made stainless-steel hotpots—so you can have not one, but two hotpot broths to choose from when dipping, then you will love the convenience of this hotpot base.
The De Zhuang Double Flavor line of hotpot bases give you two bases in one bag. This bag features a spicy green mala broth for one side of the pot and a savory tomato broth for the other side.
This unique combo is for hotpot connoisseurs. Rather than the usual red mala soup, a green version of mala that is very popular in Sichuan and Chongqing features green chilies and green Sichuan pepper. Because it uses green Sichuan pepper and does not include doubanjiang, it is a bit lighter-bodied and more numbing than the usual red mala soup. On the tomato side, think tomato soup but lighter and more brothy—pure, non-spicy umami.
Note that while the mala broth is not the spiciest in the De Zhuang arsenal, it is indeed very chili-hot and Sichuan pepper-numbing, like they like it in Chongqing. You've been warned!
Remember that hotpot broth is not for drinking. Dip the food into the pot, using chopsticks or skewers, let it cook, and remove it to your bowl, where a flavorful dip is waiting. In Sichuan, the dip would be made of roasted sesame oil and garlic, perhaps some cilantro and msg. But no one will mind if you prefer soy sauce, vinegar, sesame paste, oyster sauce, etc. That is up to you!
Instructions for Use
The instructions on the bag are in English, but we have some additional tips. Simply add one pouch of base to one side of your divided hotpot and the other pouch to the other side. The instructions suggest adding 3 cups water to each pouch of base, but we would advise starting with at least 4 cups to nicely fill your hotpot. The base will cook down and concentrate as you eat, and you will need to intermittently top up the broth with more boiling water from a kettle.
Check out our full guide to how to make and eat hotpot Sichuan-style.
Try our other Double Flavor hotpot base: Spicy Mala + Porcini Mushroom.
For a slightly milder (but still spicy) mala broth from Chongqing, in a larger portion, try the Liu Po brand.
Producer: Chongqing De Zhuang Agricultural Products Development Co.
Size: 300 grams (10.6 ounces) total
Ingredients: Mala soup base: Vegetable oil, chili, Sichuan pepper, ginger, garlic, MSG, salt, sugar, spices, food flavors and fragrances, disodium 5 ribonucleotide, potassium sorbate
Ingredients: Tomato base: Vegetable oil, tomato, salt, MSG, sugar, spices, food flavors and fragrances, disodium 5 ribonucleotide, potassium sorbate