Hotpot through the Eyes of a Westerner
Hotpot is one of my favourite foods to have, the mixture of ingredients, the belly warming soup and flavour absolutely tickles my taste buds. In this week’s issue of Pub Convos, let’s talk about hotpot and its origins and why the hotpot you have in your mind right now may not be the same in different parts of the world.
What is Hotpot and where did it originate from?
Hotpot is a dish where a simmering pot of plain or spicy broth is used to cook various ingredients from meat, soy products and vegetables.
The concept of hotpot is said to have originated from Mongolian horse riders where they would use their steel helmets as vessels to cook food over an open fire. The horsemen would then huddle in a circle around the pot(helmet) and eat while also keeping warm.
Some sources claim that this concept of eating originated from Chinese boatmen who discovered a cheap way of cooking many ingredients.
As history went on, the concept spread to the courts of the Emperor of China and eventually all over China where it evolved with regional influences.