My wife and I had Chinese hot pot tonight. While we were shopping, she mentioned something very interesting, something I’ve never considered. She said that she loves hot pot because it’s a family dinner. I thought for a minute and she was absolutely right. Chinese hot pot is pretty much a boiling pot at the center of the table where everyone dumps in raw food and wait for it to be cooked so it can be eaten. It’s definitely time consuming and involves a lot of waiting, and what’s a family to do while waiting around the table? That’s why Chinese hot pot is a family dinner in a pot, it provide ample family bonding time.
FYI: Chinese hot pot should not be confused with shabu shabu, the Japanese version of hot pot where everyone has their own little boiling pot.