Thing is, when in comes to Hot Pot, it isn't about eating to be satiated. It's about conversation, reconstructing the day's highs and lows, recalling memories and making new ones , coming up with new theories of life or just junk talk. In the midst of that, the last thing you want is food to run out. So this buffet is the perfect source of fuel.
The variety of raw food is limitless. Greens, meat, fungus, tubers of every kind is cleaned, chopped and ready to enter the red hot lava of a soup.
|1. Mushroom 2. Black Fungus 3. Lettuce|
4. Cucumber and Tofu Skin 5. Black Soy Bean Tofu 6. Bamboo
7. Cuts of Pork 8. Seaweed 9. Processed Seafood
Then there are the organ parts and blood, mainly pig sourced, because thou shalt not waste right:?
Or if you really, really, do want your food cooked first, don't worry. They got you covered.
|Top row: Stewed duck and chicken|
Bottom row: Fried beef, cucumber, peanuts
Next important step is creating dipping sauce, vinaigrette in a sense, to add flavour to the food after it's cooked. Every time the food dipped in the sauce, the chilli flavour of the hot pot mixes in, taking it to another level.
|From L-R: Mono-sodium Glutamate, Vegetable Oil, Seasoning Salt, Crushed Garlic in Oil,|
Back: Black Vinegar
Not Pictured: Fresh Chopped Chive
And of course, after eating, there is always space for desert. See the small cuts of meat and vegetables are designed to keep you feeling stuffed, way back in the history of Chinese cuisine. So feel free to splurged on fruit, moon-cakes, fried peanuts and the like.