It is time to go to your favourite Chinese restaurant – but you are tired of ordering the same few items. Why not change it up a bit and try something new. One of the most overlooked but tastiest items in any Chinese restaurant is the hot pot. The hot pot has been a staple in Chinese cooking for over 1000 years and has many different variations. Here is how to choose your hot pot and how to order a hot pot that is right for you.
A Brief History
The hot pot has been enjoyed in China for over 1000 years. It originated in Mongolia under the Jin dynasty and spread south into China under the Song dynasty. The hot pot gained popularity and became a staple in almost every Chinese kitchen during the Qing dynasty. Today, different regions of China are noted for different variations of the hot pot. Usually the hot pot contains some type of meat but there are many excellent vegetarian hot pot options. Our menu contains some of the more famous and delicious vegetarian options.
What is a Hot Pot?
A hot pot is a traditional Chinese meal that consists of different types of meat and/or vegetables. These ingredients are cooked with broth in a simmering metal pot located in the center of your table. Not only does a hot pot bring out the delicious ingredients of each food, it also encourages socialization and brings friends and family together. A hot pot offers a healthy alternative to the more traditional fried Chinese cooking methods and because we offer delicious vegetarian and vegan options, you gain the extra health of a non-animal based lunch or dinner.
How to enjoy a Hot Pot
There are certain customs that go with eating a hot pot. Hot Pots are commonly served in a large metal bowl in the center of the table with broth. You will then dip each of the vegetables that come with that hot pot into the broth. Make sure to keep each vegetable fully immersed in the broth until it has been thoroughly cooked. Then take that vegetable out and dip it into one of the many different dips that we offer.
Make sure that when you are adding ingredients to the hot pot, make sure to add the ingredients that are going to take longer to cook first. This way you can enjoy all of your vegetables at the same time. Also, make sure that each of your ingredients is properly and thoroughly cooked before using the dipping sauces.
Panz Veggie is the premiere Vancouver vegetarian restaurant. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to introduce you to the delicious and healthy Chinese cooking style known as hot pot. Stop by today for lunch or dinner and have a look at our hot pot menu. We look forward to seeing you soon!