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How to Make Chinese Hot Pot at Home

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Celebrate the year of the tiger with Chinese Hot Pot at Home. A hotpot ingredient shopping list can be downloaded from the bottom of the post.

Year of the Dog meal

It is important to us that we teach our children about various cultures from around the world. One of our favorites is observing Chinese New Year.  We follow a variety of Chinese customs and traditions in our home. Customs include greeting friends with oranges to make sure our friendship stays intact and passing out red envelopes with money in them to start the year with prosperity. We have created some of our own traditions, including eating Chinese Hot Pot.

boiling hot pot soup

What is Hot Pot?

Hot Pot is a soup of sorts that we first became familiar with in Malaysia back in 2001. There it is called Steamboat, but the premise is the same. It is a pot of boiling broth that is placed in the center of the table for everyone to access. Fresh ingredients are placed into the soup base to create a meal. These fixings include protein, vegetables, and noodles.

Chinese food at home

We like hot pot so much that we have it on a weekly basis in our house. It is fun because everybody gets to cook what they want in the community pot but it can be changed up from week to week.

Chinese Hot Pot Recipe

First, you need some kind of pot to boil your broth in. We have a dedicated hot pot cooker that happens to be electric, but many people use a pot on a gas burner. Ours has a divider in it so that we can have two different types of hot pot going at once. This is a great option for vegetarians or other dietary restrictions.

hot pot cooker with divider

Our pan is filled with water and a packet of soup base. Traditional Chinese Hot Pot has a spicy soup base. We are not big fans of super spicy so we use a mild broth. We have spicy sauces on the side for those who like a little more kick.

While the broth is heating up, we chop the ingredients and prepare our favorite sides such as potstickers and steam buns.

fun shaped steam buns

Hot Pot Fixings

We start out by chopping our vegetables. Our favorites are carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, edamame, and cabbage. Other vegetables that can be used are mushrooms, tomato, corn, and other leafy greens such as Chinese spinach.

fresh hot pot ingredients

Then we prepare our proteins. These include fish balls, thinly sliced beef or lamb, luncheon meat, or tofu. We will also use eggs.

The kids love to dip noodles in the broth. We use Asian egg noodles or rice vermicelli. They also like rice balls or cakes.

What do you put in Hotpot?

You can put your favorite fixings in your soup-food broth.


  • edamame
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • potato (all varieties)
  • mushroom
  • greens (bok choy, lettuce, napa cabbage, spinach)
  • garlic
  • lotus root
  • bean sprouts
  • root vegetables
  • squash
  • seaweed
  • watercress
  • scallion
  • onion
  • snap peas
  • tomato
  • asparagus
  • daikon radish
  • corn on the cob


  • bean curd (tofu, puffs)
  • thin sliced beef, lamb, pork
  • canned meat
  • fish (balls)
  • seafood (squid, cuttlefish, crab, lobster)
  • egg (regular, quail)


  • vermicelli
  • ramen
  • udo
  • glass noodle
  • ho fun
  • udon
  • mung bean


  • soy sauce
  • hoisin sauce
  • sriracha
  • tahini
  • sesame oil
  • chili oil
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • thai basil
  • spices

Cooking Hot Pot

Once the ingredients are chopped and the soup base is boiling, start putting in your food to cook. We will place the items that need longer to cook, such as the root vegetables, first. It is important to use different utensils for putting food into the hot pot than to eat with. Different colored chopsticks or utensils are good to use.

add vegetables to hot pot

We use one color of chopsticks for adding vegetables and a different color for meat. Several sets of red chopsticks are set out, which we only use for eating. We never dip the red chopsticks in the soup.

A fun thing about hot pot is it can be a little bit different for everybody that is gathered around the table. Our daughter loves eating broccoli, which cooks quickly. My husband loves canned luncheon meat. I cook a few eggs into the boiling broth boil in the water. I love runny yolk over the cooked vegetables. Our sons like the meat and noodles, along with the extra sides that we serve.

close up of hot pot

Sides for Hot Pot

Everyone’s favorite side dish is potstickers, which are also known as dumplings. Each week I pick up a package of Ling Ling Pork & Vegetable Potstickers. Ling Ling brings the flavors of Asian into your home with their delicious ingredients. We love the dipping sauce that is included with the potstickers.

pork potstickers or dumplings

In addition to a variety of potstickers, Ling Ling creates tasty noodles and fried rice. Ling Ling Asian Foods are found in the freezer section of your store.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year starts soon and it is going to be the Year of the Tiger. We will be enjoying a feast of hot pot, potstickers, steamed bun, and oranges.

Chinese New Year meal

Another special tradition that we started in our family is each year our daughter gets a stuffed animal that corresponds to the zodiac. Here is the cute dog that she got a few years ago.

Year of the Dog Stuffed Animal

What sort of Chinese New Year traditions do you take part in? Make this year more memorable with some hot pot.

Chinese Hot Pot Recipe

Click here to download the Hot Pot Ingredient Shopping List.


Saturday 27th of April 2019

I just tried hotpot in Singapore and I’m excited to try it at home thanks for this!

Diana Rambles

Monday 29th of April 2019

Awesome, Pauline.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

This looks like so much fun, I will have to give it a try soon! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Diana Rambles

Saturday 9th of February 2019

Thank you, Miz Helen!

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