In the kitchen with Porter Davis Homes

9 October 2020 - 3 min read

Eric’s go-to Sichuan Hot Pot

Learn how to make New Home Consultant Eric’s favourite Sichuan Hot Pot  from The Woks of Life.

Ingredients – soup base

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 6 slices of ginger
  • 3-5 bay leaves
  • 10 cloves of peeled garlic
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 star anise
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 12 whole dried red chilies
  • 1 packet spicy hot pot soup base
  • 12-15 cups chicken stock

Ingredients – dipping sauces

  • Soy sauce
  • Sacha sauce
  • Chili oil or paste
  • Chinese black vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • Sesame paste (or peanut butter)
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped scallions
  • Chopped garlic

Ingredients – to eat with your hot pot

  • Thinly shaved beef or lamb
  • Sliced chicken
  • Assorted fish balls
  • Thinly sliced fish fillets (tender white fish works well)
  • Tofu sheets
  • Firm tofu (sliced)
  • Soy puffs (fried tofu puffs)
  • Straw mushrooms
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Wood ear mushrooms
  • Fresh noodles
  • Glass noodles
  • Prepared frozen dumplings or wontons
  • Chinese rice cakes
  • Bok choy
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Napa cabbage

Instructions – soup base

  1. In a wok over medium heat, add the oil and ginger. Cook ginger for about a minute until caramelized, making sure it doesn’t burn. Add the bay leaves, whole garlic cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves. Cook for another 2 minutes until very fragrant
  2. Add the Sichuan peppercorns, dried chilies (whole), and the spicy hot pot soup base. Cook for another 2 minutes, and then add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and transfer to the pot you’ll be using for your hot pot meal. You want the pot to be relatively wide and at least 6 inches deep

Instructions – dipping sauce

  1. Simply combine whatever mix of ingredients you like! You can even place all the ingredients around the table for your guests to mix as they wish

Instructions – serving your hot pot

  1. Bring your prepared soup base to a slow boil or a simmer. If you have a hot plate, place the hot plate (safely) in the middle of the table with the broth simmering
  2. Place all of your prepared ingredients around the hot plate so that you and your guests can mix up their ingredients as they like. You and your guests can then simply add whichever ingredient they like to the pot, wait for it to cook, and then dip into their sauce
  3. As the water evaporates while you’re cooking, add boiling water to the pot as required
  4. Serve rice with hot pot if you wish

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