Traditional Chinese Hot Pot

Traditional Chinese Hot Pot
(Courtesy:  Yuhong Sun)


1 lb beef flank*

4” knob fresh ginger (1 ounce or ¼ cup sliced)

5 cloves garlic

2 green onions

2 bay leaves

2 star anise

3-4 dried hot peppers to taste

1 onion

Dipping sauce:

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

Ingredients to cook in the hot pot: Typical hot pot ingredients include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, vermicelli, sliced potatoes, dumplings, tofu, small meatballs and seafood but feel free to use whatever you like or have on hand.


Put beef and ginger in water. Bring to a boil and cook until the blood comes out, about 15 minutes. Drain water and cut the beef into 2” chunks.

Place meat and ginger in an Instant Pot. Add garlic, green onions, bay leaves, anise, hot peppers and onion. Cook for one hour.**

While broth is cooking, assemble individual bowls of dipping sauce for each person.

Strain and pour broth into an electric hot pot (or hot plate topped with heatproof container) that has been placed on the table within easy reach of all diners (Use two or more pots if needed). Adjust heat to keep the broth at a simmer.

Using chopsticks or other utensils, drop pieces of food into the hot pot to cook. Once the item is cooked, use chopsticks or a small strainer to remove items to your plate. Season with dipping sauce, if desired. Separate utensils are recommended for handling raw and cooked food.

Add additional hot water as needed.

The broth is usually strained and consumed after everyone is done eating or kept for use in a future meal. It can be frozen for up to a year.

Serve this with pork fried rice, if desired.

*Beef, pork or chicken marrow bones can be substituted for flank

**If preferred, stock can also be simmered, covered, on the stove over low heat for 6 hours or in a slow cooker on low for 12 hours.

Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

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8 Replies to “Traditional Chinese Hot Pot”

  1. This looks amazing – I’m currently trying to expand my cooking and I love the idea of this recipe. (After many attempts I’m still hopeless at using chop sticks!) Where does this recipe originate? Is it your own or has it been passed down fro generation to generation? I think when cooking it is always important to feel the history of the dish you are making and treat it with love and respect, looking around your website it seems that you have this care and love for your food.

    1. Hot Pot originated in Mongolia more than 800 years ago but it’s now popular throughout China.  I first had it when I was visited family in China a few years ago and have loved it ever since. Feel free to use a slotted spoon or tongs in lieu of chopsticks!

  2. Haha thanks for the article my guy! Not gonna lie, this food looks SCRUMPTIOUS! I’m not much of a cook myself, but it’s definitely something I want to improve on. Not only that, but broadening my food palette is something I’m interested in as well. With this recipe, I’m about to make better chinese food than chinese restaurants XD 

  3. Thanks for bringing us this traditional chinese hot pot.

    I think that it would be an excellent talking point due to the way it is served.  It should be an excellent way to get everyone talking and laughing and bringing life to your dinner party.

    It is so easily put together and cooked, so anyone will be able to impress with it.

    1. There’s just something about a shared plate that brings us all together!  It also has enough variety to please everyone. Thank you for your comments.

  4. Hello there, 

    Thank you for submitting this wonderful post about traditional chinese pot.I love discovering different foods from all parts of the world and its nowonder this post caught my attention. The recipe looks simple yet a very a delicious meal comes out of it. Thank you for making me expand my food adventure.

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