For quite a while after arriving in Jinan City, I heard the term Hot Pot but had no idea what it meant. Then a group of students took me to a hot pot restaurant…a unique experience. I think this is the genius of the American critique of Chinese food about eating a Chinese feast and you're hungry an hour later.
Betty's presentation gave us a glimpse of this technique.
Chongqing hot pot is famous for its unique flavor and is popular all over China. I can remember clearly that when I first come to Shandong University, many of my classmates asked me about the reason why the people living in Chongqing like the hot pot so much. What really makes them confused is that even though we have ate so much, we don't feel uncomfortable. Now I will tell you something about the Chongqing hot pot.
Chongqing Hot Pot is the most famous dish in Chongqing. Chongqing local people consider the hot pot a local specialty, which is famous for its peppery and hot fast, scalding yet fresh and tender. People gather around a small pot filled with flavorful and nutritious clear soup base. You have a choice of spicy, pure and combo for the soup base. Thin sliced raw variety meat, fish, various bean curd products and all kinds of vegetables are boiled in the soup base. You then dip them in a little bowl of special sauce. Be careful since the spicy soup base is burning hot.
It was first eaten by poor boatmen of the Yangtze River in Chongqing area and then spread westwards tot he rest of Sichuan. Now it is a very popular local flavor and can be found in every corner of the city. There are a great variety of hot pots. If your are adventurous enough, you can basically cook anything with hot pot, like pig's brain and duck's kidney.
Chongqing people love their hot pot, especially when the weather is steamy. The fire dances under the pot, the heavily oiled and specced soup boils with hazy steam, and the people are bathed in sweat. Although hot pot can be found wherever there are street vendors or small restaurants, Chongqing hot pot has the greatest variety and is known for its delicious soup base and dipping sauce. I think according to my introduction, you can imagine how delicious the Chongqing hot pot is. It you come to Chongqing, don't forget to fast the hot pot. I think this will m=not make you disappointed and with the development of society, I believe ho pot will becoming more and more popular in the world and become a world famous brand in the future.