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Food for Thought: Hot Pot, the REAL Chinese Food

Joined: 11/23/2014
Posts: 1
You can never say that you truly visited China until you tried the foods available there. And one of the must haves is hot pot. Hot pot is a very popular food in China, especially for special occasions. The term hot pot is pretty literal, because it is a pot of different foods that could be very spicy. Many things can be in the hot pot. One of the most bizarre foods that I have seen put in the pot was squid. I remembered that my first hot pot experience was one of the best foods that I have ever eaten. Before the pot of food with different spices and vegetables are cooked, my mom told me the history of hot pot and the typical things that were put in the pot. After the first batch of food was cooked, everyone started to get the food. My mom gave me thin lamb pieces, thin beef pieces, Chinese cabbage, and different kinds of mushrooms. Also in my bowl, I had sesame sauce that gave flavor to the foods. When I first bit into the meat, my first and only thought was, “Delicious!” And everything I tried after that just keeps on getting better. The mouthwatering meats and vegetables just fills the room the entire time. There were so many batches of food that I lost track. But I saved a little of my stomach for the last part because the last batch had my favorite food, POTATOES!!! I asked my mom why the potatoes had to be put in last, and she replied by telling me that potatoes cook very slow, and once the potatoes are cooked, they have to be taken out, or else they will be too soft and will be deformed. After the meal, I was very satisfied and wanted to eat it again. So my overall experience with hot pot has never failed my expectations, and it was just amazing to be with friends and family and share an amazing meal together. It just puts a smile on anyone’s face!
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