When searching for the perfect meal for entertaining, hot pot is ideal. The traditional group dish naturally caters to varying taste buds, culinary desires, and ingredient choices. 

Since hot pot ingredients vary and your serving options are pretty vast, a wow-ing opportunity is in the flavor of your broth. The hot pot broth is the one thing that every person at the table is going to enjoy together, regardless of ingredients being dipped into the soup.

So, let’s talk about how to make a broth that’ll surprise and impress your friends and go over a few different recipe options. 

Choosing the hot pot broth recipe

Which broth recipe to use depends on the group you’re serving. While ingredient pairings are a factor, hot pot broth is usually delectable enough to taste good cooking anything. What you want to consider are the flavors your group is used to and how well they can handle spice.

Once you have the basic parameters laid out, making the broth is simple. You’ll need about one hour to prepare and cook, and a couple of easy handfuls of ingredients. If you prepare the broth stock from scratch, factor in an additional hour (it doesn’t have to be consecutive; you can pre-make the night before). Let’s take a look.

How to make hot pot broth

Making hot pot broth is easy; you’ll need about 25 minutes to prepare and the rest is simple simmering sizzling. 


Time: 45min-1hr


  • Pig bones
  • Chicken
  • Ginger
  • Long green onion
  • White peppercorn


Step 1

Cooking the stock

  • Add water to large pot
  • Add ingredients: pig bones, chicken, ginger, long green onion, white peppercorn
  • Bring to boil
  • Remove surfing-floating ingredients
  • Lower heat
  • Simmer 1 hour


Step 2

Now, it’s time to add ingredients for flavor and heat. 

Add the following ingredients to achieve the classic hot pot broth flavor:

  • 1 tomato cut in wedges
  • 1 long green onion with white section cut into small portions
  • 1 bunch celery cut into 1 inch sections
  • 1/2 corn cob in 1 inch pieces
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms without ends
  • 3 liters light stock
  • 2 tsp. salt


For the spicy hot broth, you will need:

  • 3 tbsp beef tallow
  • 2-3 slices ginger
  • 4 long green onion sections
  • 5-8 garlic cloves
  • 3 L light stock


How to prepare spicy hot broth:

  • Soak chili pepper in covered, boiling water (30 min, 50g)
  • Melt beef tallow in pot 
  • Fry ginger, cloves, and scallion
  • Add remaining seasoning ingredients
  • Fry 1-2 minutes on low fire
  • Add light stock and soy sauce
  • Simmer, 15 min


Still looking for flare? Try these additional and alternative ingredients.


Super Hot and Vegan Hot Pot Broth 

Add these ingredients for extra heat in the broth:

  • 3 tbsp Doubanjiang
  • 3 tbsp chopped chili pepper
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1-star anise
  • 1-2 dozen dried chili peppers
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce

How to make hot pot broth

If you want to enjoy hot pot vegan-friendly, use the listed items to substitute for any animal products:

  • Peanut oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Vegetable broth
  • Soy sauce
  • Carrots
  • Baby bok choy
  • Tofu
  • Sea salt
  • Bean sprouts
  • Fish-free Kimchi
  • Asian sesame oil
  • Chili oil


Have questions or inspired ideas? Let us know in the comments!  

All of our broth is homemade from scratch with 48-hour bubbling, all of our signature dipping sauces are homemade as well, which make the perfect pairing with beef, seafood, and lamb dishes.  If you are craving for a decent hot pot experience, just bring your empty stomach and a big appetite to Zhen Wei Fang. We are here for you!

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