In the winter time, we all love to cuddle up in a blanket and sip hot cocoa by the fire, no? Well, in China, on a cold winter’s day, with low temperatures and frigid winds, people will often go for hotpot, looking for a place to shelter from the cold, and instantaneously warm up.
The way a hotpot restaurant works is pretty unique. When guests arrive at their table, there is a hot pot in the middle of the table, along with an arrangement of raw foods, such as meats and vegetables. The family and friends will gather around the table and prepare for a fun and enjoyable meal.
Going to a hotpot restaurant also means having the ability to cook your own food. On my recent journey to China, I was able to eat at a hotpot restaurant with my friends and our exchange students, and it was a very fun filled experience. From what I have seen, many hotpot restaurants split the pot into two sections, and often put two different types of broth into the pot. Within those two sections, people may put shellfish, beef, pork, chicken, and all sorts of veggies.
Now, believe it or not, there is a bit of symbolism within hotpot. First, the heat of the hotpot is supposed to resemble the warmth and love that the people have for those with them. In addition, the round shape of the pot is made to resemble the feeling that there is a lack, or complete absence of irregularities in the man to man relationship.
Overall, dining at a hotpot restaurant is something that anyone can enjoy, and is a way to try something new from a different culture. Dining in a hotpot restaurant is made to be an experience where people can gather with their family and friends, prepare and eat some delicious food, and overall have a great time. I would say that for the times that I have been to hotpot restaurants, I had a great time, and I hope to try more hotpot soon.