Spicy But Tasty Chinese Hot Pot and How You Can Make It Yourself

Spicy But Tasty Chinese Hot Pot and How You Can Make It Yourself

Chinese hot potChina is where delicious oriental dishes come from. One of those best dishes is called Chinese hot pot. It is made with some ingredients like seafood, dumplings, mushrooms, leaf vegetables, and some meats. People know this dish as steamboat. This dish might come from China, but today many other countries in Asia have their own steamboat version.

This oriental steamboat can be found in many Chinese restaurants and Asian restaurants. But due to the pandemic and many other things, you might want to make this at home. Fortunately, we have the most authentic recipe of Chinese steamboat you definitely have to try. All you need to do is keep reading and preparing the freshest ingredients you can get. Happy cooking and happy eating everyone!

Various Steamboats from Assorted Countries in East Asia

At least there are three different steamboats or hot pot from the East Asia countries: China, Japan, And Taiwan. Here they are:

  • Chinese Chongqing hot pot

This one is using Sichuan pepper that’s also known as flower pepper or prickly ash. Chongqing hot pot typically uses different meats to the dish, including mutton fillet that’s sliced. To make this kind of Chinese hot pot, you need to use dipping sauce that contains sesame oil that’s mixed with spring onions and fresh garlic that have been chopped.

  • Taiwanese hot pot

Taiwanese hot pot is like the shabu-shabu from Japan. This food usually is eaten with dipping sauce. The dipping sauce itself is made of egg yolk that’s still raw and the shacha sauce.

  • Japanese hot pot

Japanese people also love eating hot pot that’s called Sukiyaki. This hot pot comes with vegetables, sliced beef, and also tofu in sweet sauce. The sweet sauce is based on the soy sauce. Before eating the ingredients of Japanese hot pot, you must first dip those ingredients in small bowl contains raw eggs that have been beaten. Interested to try this one?

Assorted Alternatives of Chinese hot pot from Southeast Asia

Some countries in Southeast Asia also have their own hot pot versions. Let us show you the unique steamboats from Cambodia, Philippine, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • Cambodian hot pot

In Cambodia, people called hot pot as Yao Hon or Chhnang Pleurng. Those words mean pot fire. What makes Cambodian hot pot different is the soup base that’s using coconut milk instead of broth.

  • Philippine hot pot

When you order Philippine hot pot, you’ll get ceramic pot that contains cooked rice, slices of chicken or pork or beef, vegetables choice, and special sauce. This special hot pot from Philippine is usually topped with sliced hard-boiled eggs. Egg lovers must try making this one.

  • Thai hot pot

Thai cuisine also has hot pot that’s known as Thai Suki. It doesn’t look like sukiyaki or shabu-shabu from Japan. This hot pot is served with Thai styled dipping sauce that’s made of chili, chili sauce, coriander leaves, and lime. There’s also Chim Chum that comes from Northern Thailand. It is a hot pot with meat that’s thinly sliced and cooked in unique clay pots.

  • Vietnamese hot pot

In Vietnam, there’s hot pot that’s known as Cu Lao or Lau. This hot pot comes in various styles as well, including Seafood Lau Hai San, Salted Fish Lau Mam, or Lau Canh Chua which is soup based hot pot.

Ways to Make Most Authentic Chinese Hot Pot

Chinese hot pot Course              : Main dishes

Cuisine             : Chinese food

Keyword           : Chinese hot pot

Prep Time         : 20 minutes

Cook Time        : 30 minutes

Total Time         : 50 minutes

Servings           : 4 portions

Calories            : 401 calories

Main Ingredients

  • 4 oz of sliced Napa cabbage
  • 12 oz of fish balls
  • 6 oz of sliced chicken meat
  • 4 oz of tofu
  • 4 oz of sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 oz of sliced white mushrooms
  • 6 oz of shelled and also deveined shrimp
  • 4 oz of salmon fillet that has been cut into some pieces
  • 4 oz of scallops
  • 4 oz of sliced baby bok choy

Ingredients to Make Garlic Oil

  • 1 head of peeled and chopped garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of cooking oil

Broth Ingredients

  • 1 box of chicken stock from any brand you want, it is about 32 oz
  • 3 cups of water
  • 5 dashes of the ground pepper, use white pepper instead of black pepper

Condiment for More Yummy Chinese Hot Pot

  • Soy sauce
  • Cut chilies for those who love spicy taste


  1. Prepare some plates to arrange the main ingredients. Place mushrooms together in one plate, all seafood in another plate, veggies in different plate. Arrange similar ingredients on one plate.
  2. Fill your skillet with cooking oil. Heat the skillet and once it is heated, fry your garlic to make garlic oil. Keep frying the chopped garlic until it turns to light brown, before it becomes medium brown. Then turn off your stove before you save your garlic oil in small bowl. Set your garlic oil aside.
  3. Turn on your instant pot then use the sauté mode. Wait for thirty minutes then add your chicken stock, white pepper, and water. Boil everything together.
  4. Add your Napa cabbage then cook it for about one minute
  5. Separate all ingredients into three different batches then cook them one batch after another. Add the other ingredients but start with fish balls and chicken. Then continue adding tofu and mushrooms. Next, bring in the shrimp and salmon. Finally, add scallops as well as the bok choy.
  6. When your soup starts boiling, add the garlic oil then stir it until everything is properly mixed. Ladle your ingredients including the soup into bowls then serve them with condiment you have prepared. Once you’re done cooking the first batch, you can continue cooking the other batches.

Before trying the variations of Chinese hot pot that come from many Asian countries, you absolutely have to try the basic recipe above. Once you find the right taste of the original hot pot from China, you can start trying to make the other versions. The most famous hot pot that people know might be shabu-shabu, but the original one is the Chinese version. Don’t start with shabu-shabu before you try this one.

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