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Hot pot - is the most famous and favorite dish in Chongqing. Chongqing local people consider the hot pot a local specialty, which is noted for its peppery and hot taste, scalding yet fresh and tender. People gather around a small pot boiled with charcoal, electric or gas filled with flavorful and nutritious 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.
First eaten by poor boatmen of the Yangtze River in Chongqing area and then spread westwards to the rest of Sichuan. Now is a very popular local flavor and can be found at every corner of the city. There are a great variety of hotpots, including Yueyang Hotpot, Four Tastes Hotpot, Yashan Hotpot and Fish Head Hotpot. If you are adventurous enough, you can basically cook anything with hot pot, e.g., pig's brain and duck's kidney.
Chongqing people love their hotpot, especially when the weather is steamy. The fire dances under the pot, the heavily oiled and spiced soup boils with hazy steam, and the people are bathed in sweat. Although hotpot 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.
Do you know what dish is the most popular in the cold winter in China?I know it’s hot pot.Hot pot is a Chinese tasteful folk dish.No matter in the north
or in the south,people like hot pot very much and every region has its local features.For example,Sihuan hot pot is hot while Guangdong hot pot is famous
for its fresh.Usually,there is a metal hot pot in the middle of table.When the soup in the pot is kept simmering,dishes are put into the pot.Beef,
mutton,fish and vegetables are the main dishes.It is extremely popular in winter because it can keep the dishes warm all the time.And the atmosphere is
hot,too.Friends or relatives sit down together to have a feast.It’s a good way to relax.
A Delicious Dish In this issue, two of our Chongqing colleagues introduce to us the Chongqing hotpot—known as one of Chongqing’s Three Treasures(the other two being the pretty girls and night-scene!).
Their favourite way of savouring this Sichuan speciality is to visit local hotpot restaurant that is popular with the locals and follows authentic recipes. The renowned spicy hotpot was originated in Chongqing and the most authentic one is to cooked with tripe, the end-result having a taste which is typically rich and oily. This traditional soup base is further enhanced with spicy bean paste, fermented soya beans, yak butter from Ganze, Sichuan,and Sichuan pepper(hua jiao),etc.
There are many kinds of ingredients, as the photos show, including sliced raw meat, seafood, vegetables, mushrooms or fungi, etc. Green tea is the perfect accompaniment to the hotpot, softening the impact of the more extreme spiciness. So, if you have a chance to visit Chongqing for business or travel, don’t miss out on tasting an authentic Chongqing hot and spicy hotpot while you’re there!