Favorite "New" Food
While I was in China last summer, I was introduced to a new food that quickly has become my favorite. It is called the "Hot Pot." In America, we would say it resembles fondue. First, we went to a "hot pot" restaurant. In the center of every table was a heating element. We ordered the food items we wanted and then a large pot was placed on the heating element. Our pot had 2 sides, one with hot, spicy broth and the other with regular broth. While it was boiling, we dipped our food items (beef, pork balls, vegetables, etc) into the broth and held them there until they were cooked.
Our entire meal, took about 2 hours, which we filled with wonderful conversations and fun. It was such a relaxing meal. No one hurried us to finish and we just enjoyed the food and the atmosphere at our own leisure.
When I returned to the states, I purchased a hot pot. I still don't have the broth quite right, but I am enjoying trying!