Hot Pot: A Chinese delicacy from New York has arrived in Buenos Aires and is perfect for winter.

Hot Pot: A Chinese delicacy from New York has arrived in Buenos Aires and is perfect for winter.

04/27/2022 – 13:30 Chronicler

We are entering the coldest time of the year, and what could be better for a winter day than a delicious hot soup. If you want to try something different, Shabu Shabu is in Chinatown at MontaƱeses 2223 and they serve the best hot pot in Buenos Aires.

“Hot pot” is a very festive Chinese dish, typical for family holidays or with friends. The term Hot Pot, by which this dish is best known, comes from English and means “hot pot”, and its original name in Chinese would be huoguo. In fact, we are talking about it as a dish, but it would be more correct to say that this is a cooking method, and there really is no single recipe.

Its main feature is that this dish is prepared at the same table where they are going to eat it. Visitors are located around a round table, in the center of which there is a small burner (gas, alcohol, electric) and a pan on it, in which various ingredients will be cooked.

The starting point is the broth, which is heated in the aforementioned saucepan. Dishes around the table are made from raw ingredients, such as meat cut into very thin strips, fish, shellfish and all kinds of vegetables, as well as dishes with various types of sauces.

As if it were fondue, each diner adds the ingredients to the pot with the help of a few chopsticks and cooks them for as long as they see fit. He then restores them by putting them in a bowl and eating them neat or adding a little sauce.

It is a slow yet festive process in which visitors enjoy this shared experience. After all the meat and vegetables are eaten, some noodles are usually added, which after cooking are served in bowls of broth as a soup.

HOT POT: HOW IT IS PREPARED

The restaurant has a broth for each person and a small in-house supermarket where each visitor can choose ingredients for cooking such as sauces, meats and vegetables. Each ingredient means more money, so it’s worth clarifying that the price is not very cheap, but it’s definitely worth it.

If you are not sure about your decision or do not understand the system, you can ask the hostess, she will explain everything so that you not only eat, but also learn.

It’s an hour or a half experience. The menu only has Hot Pot as a main course, no desserts.