Sichuan Hotpot

Chinese Sichuan Hotpot

Warming hotpot is one of the most popular dishes of the Chinese province Sichuan (aka Szechuan). The Sichuanese love to get together with family and friends spending hours sitting around the simmering pot, eating, and chatting.
Asian groceries offer hotpot bases with ingredients like monosodium glutamate and artificial flavors. The mild SpiceBreeze hotpot seasoning uses only pure and freshly ground spices.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 2 quarts bone broth homemade or good quality store-bought
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
  • 2 small onions finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic grated or pressed
  • 1 inch ginger sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar or honey, or syrup
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 strainer cups or slotted spoons

Hotpot Culinary Spice Kit

  • Fennel, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorn, Sichuan peppercorn (not recommended during pregnancy)

Suggested Dipping Ingredients

  • ▪ thinly sliced meat of your liking
  • ▪ large shrimp, sliced fish filet, or squid
  • ▪ a variety of mushrooms, bok choy, savoy or napa cabbage, (sweet) potatoes, mung bean sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli florets

Suggested Sides

  • ▪ cilantro, green onions, watercress, radish
  • ▪ dipping sauces (see notes)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium POT, heat 1/4 cup of oil.
  • Fry onions over medium-low heat until translucent.
  • Add garlic and ginger.
  • Fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste, 1 tbsp sugar, and Hotpot spices.
  • Stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add broth, and salt and sugar to taste.
  • Mix well. Bring to a boil. Turn off.

Serve

  • Place POT on a small stove in the center of the dining table. Keep the soup gently boiling.
  • Place your choice of dipping ingredients, dipping sauces, and sides on separate plates around it.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
  • Add chili peppers to taste to half of or all of the pot.
  • Substitute tomato paste with 1 cup of beer.
Alternative Dishes
Use the Hotpot spices for one of these recipes:
Sichuan beef (Use all of the Hotpot spices per recipe.)
Dublin spice bag (Use all of the Hotpot spices per recipe and add chili powder to taste.)
Taiwanese ló͘-bah-png (Use about 1 tbsp of the Hotpot spices per recipe.)
Basic Dipping Sauces
  • Mix 1 tbsp each of soy sauce or tamari, rice or apple cider vinegar, and water. Optionally, add to taste green onions, cilantro, ginger, garlic, chilis (all finely chopped), or make several sauces with different combinations.
  • Mix 1/2 cup each of tahini, soy sauce or tamari, and rice or apple cider vinegar. Add 1-2 cups of water to taste. Optionally, add sugar, mustard, and/or sesame seeds to taste.
  • Mix 1/4 cup each of minced garlic, lemon juice, and vegetable oil. Add salt to taste.
Keyword cinnamon, fennel, Sichuan pepper, star anise