Hot pot is a famous, traditional Chinese dish that accommodates groups of any size. If you haven’t tried hot pot, it’s a must! You’ll definitely add it as a regular stop on your culinary tours around New York (and the rest of the world!).

What is a hot pot?

Hot pot is as its name sounds. At the center of the table sits a hot metal pot with broth. Around the pot are all the raw ingredients that diners can dip into the pot to cook, then slip into the sauce to enjoy. 

The beauty of hot pot is that everyone involved can cook what they want, how they want, and when they want. If you haven’t tried hot pot yet, put it on your to-do-soon list. Below is everything you need to know about this delicious dish.

Hot pot sauces

Once you have cooked your ingredients of choice in the simmering pot, it’s time to choose a  dipping sauce.

As you get acquainted with your hot pot palette, limit your dipping to one sauce per bite. This will give you a full flavor experience of the sauce pairing. Once you’re a hot pot regular, you’ll know exactly which ingredients and sauces you prefer together.

Sauce options vary, but here a few common kinds and ideas to try:

  • Sesame paste
  • Soy sauce 
  • Vinegar 
  • Garlic 
  • Chili powder
  • Sesame oil
  • Cilantro 
  • Coriander 
  • Oyster sauce 
  • Worcester 
  • BBQ
  • Crushed peanuts or peanut-based sauces

Hot pot sauces

Hot pot dishes

Traditional hot pot dishes vary according to their region of genesis and the preferences of indulgers. While eaters can pick and choose their raw ingredients to dip and the accompanying sauces, most hot pots include the following options:

  • Thinly sliced meats 
  • Leafy vegetables 
  • Seafood
  • Wontons
  • Mushrooms 
  • Tofu
  • Egg dumplings 

When building your perfect hot pot, be creative and brave. Try new combinations or previously avoided vegetables or proteins. You never know what might become your new favorite flavor.

Hot pot cooking tips and ideas

If you’re planning your own hot pot party at home, you’re in for a treat! Follow these simple tips below for extra success:

  • Cook heavy ingredients first. 
  • Plan for the number of people 
  • Think about traditional elements, such as medicinal properties (Qi)

Hot pot soups are group-friendly 

Another win that dining out for hot pot offers is its flexibility and its capacity to accommodate a range of palettes. Friends or family (even the pickiest of the bunch) can choose from a wide variety of ingredients, meats, cooking length, and sauces. The next time you’re searching for a group-friendly culinary night, stop into Zhen Wei Fang on the Bowery for an amazing hot pot.

Get to know authentic Chinese dishes with hints of Japanese and French culinary influence at our cozy, high-end restaurant on the Bowery.

We infuse our dishes with high-quality raw ingredients and fresh, organic meat and mushrooms, so you can rely on treating your body well while treating yourself to an eclectic, hi-tech, inspirational night out at Zhen Wei Fang. It is truly a marvelous dining experience.

At Zhen Wei Fang, our guests are served with pots according to their own preference for the selection of the stock.

As the base of our stock, we use various fresh ingredients cooked for at least 24 hours without any artificial flavors and add-ons. The most popular pot is our signature Sichuan Spicy Pot, as well as two vegan’s choices, tomato spicy pot and mushroom pot. We are the only restaurant that provides hand-cut beef and hand-cut lamb by using air-chilled meat directly from the local farm.

Call us now at (646) 681-7580 or (646) 760-8369 to reserve a spot at Zhen Wei Fang.