There are several types of hotpot to be found around China: fish, pork rib and tofu just to name a few. Here is Guiyang however, is the only place you can find bean hotpot. Let me lay the scene for you.
- more beans
- bread (or what we thought was bread...apparently its tofu).
- chinese cabbage (looks like lettuce)
- some type of breaded pork thing
- chinese melon
- some other type of meat...we don't really question the meat.
When the food has been sufficiently heated, people eagerly start grabbing different foods from the pot. As always, there is a small bowl of spices that you dip the food in before eating. For the rest of the meal, you and your friends sit around the table enjoying this wonderful warm awesomeness on top of a bowl of rice.
In the continuing adventure in Chinese cuisine, I am determined to learn to cook a mean bean hotpot. All of the Chinese friends I have asked say, "oh, that is such an easy dish to make!" We shall see... Until then, Carl and I will gladly continue to indulge in the wonder of hotpot.