According to Wikipedia:
Hot pot, also known as steamboat, is a variety of East Asian food, prepared with a simmering pot of stock at the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table.
As I experience hot pot for the second time only, I already love it. It’s a fun mix of cooking food, sharing it and appreciating together. It reminds me of this video by The Chen Dynasty YouTube channel: Chinese Cooking VS. Western Cooking.
And it is quite true: no fancy measure, no precise cooking. In that case, hot pot is just like a mix of flavors, and you enjoy food together as you are cooking it and appreciating the flavor it gets mixed with. There are no such things as timing it, precise temperature or whatsoever. Just dump it in the pot, mix it and enjoy it!
I’m quite a fan! And if anyone is interested, I’d recommend them to check out this place in San Francisco: Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot.
Photo from Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot website