What you need to know about hot pot meals for the Chinese New Year

Abigale Subdhan / The Social
January 28 marks the start of the Lunar New Year which means Asian families around the world will gather for a holiday feast. It's one of the most important meals of the year, because when you eat surrounded by loved one, it brings good luck for the year ahead. 

One of the ways to feast as a family is to gather around a hot pot. Chef Sang Kim dropped by tell us more about hot pots and show us three variations: Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

What is a hot pot?
A hot pot is like an Asian hybrid of soup and fondue. They were developed by peasants as a way of utilizing food that they would normally waste. They would come together as groups with this pot and throw in whatever food they had. 

Hot pot ingredients
Japanese Shabu Shabu Hot Pot
  • Napa cabbage
  • Watercress
  • Enoki mushrooms
  • Dried shiitake mushroms
  • Tofu
  • Udon noodles
  • Beef rib eye slices

Chinese Hot Pot
  • Fishballs
  • Lotus root
  • Napa cabbage
  • Watercress
  • Enoki mushroom
  • Bean curd
  • Tofu
  • Lamb slices
  • Beef rib eye slices
  • Half tomtato slices
  • Yam noodles

Korean Army Hot Pot
  • SPAM
  • Frankfurt sausage
  • Tofu
  • Enoki mushrooms
  • King oyster mushrooms
  • Shiitake mushroom caps
  • Instant ramen noodles
  • Korean rice cakes
  • Green onion
  • Cheese

Watch the above video clip for the complete rundown of hot pots!
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