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Cantonese Steamboat (Hot Pot)

Source: The Heritage of Chinese Cooking
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  50 Minutes
  Serves 8
The Chinese Steamboat owes its beginning to the Mongols of northern China, more than 400 years ago. These nomadic peoples did not bequeath a great culinary heritage to Chinese cuisine, but the Mongolian hot-pot is a most important legacy. By the eighteenth century it had become a winter favorite in the Qing dynasty court and still remains and flourishes in all China's regions today.
For the Meats:
6 ounces lean chicken fillets, thinly sliced
6 ounces lean pork fillets, thinly sliced
6 ounces lean beef fillets, thinly sliced
6 ounces fresh uncooked shrimp or mussels, clams, oysters or scallops, cleaned as necessary
6 ounces any lean white fish, thinly sliced
For Vegetables:
Green leafy vegetables, such as chinese cabbage, Tianjin cabbage (wong buk), hearts of cabbage (choi sum), spinach or lettuce, washed, tough parts of stalk removed, and cut into 4-inch lengths
1/2  fresh white mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths
1/4 pound cellophane noodles (fun si), soaked for 20 minutes in warm water, then cut into 6-inch lengths
For the Soup:
3 quarts chicken stock
4 slices fresh ginger
2 scallions, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cantonese Steamboat (Hot Pot) Recipe at
  • GINGER SOY: Combine 1/2 cup light soy sauce with 2 teaspoons minced ginger and a few drops of sesame oil.
  • CHINESE MUSTARD: Combine 1/2 cup light soy sauce with 2 oz English or French mustard. Add 2 teaspoons peanut oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt, then add 2 to 3 drops vinegar.
  • HOISIN SAUCE: Combine 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce (available at Chinese stores), 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup, 1/4 teaspoon vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce.
  • PEANUT SAUCE: Mix 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter with 1 1/2 teaspoons dark soy sauce, 1 tablespoon water, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic and 1 teaspoon tomato sauce.

Place the steamboat with the soup in the middle of the table - preferably a round one, as all diners must be able to reach the pot in order to cook their own food.

Arrange plates of the various, uncooked foods around the pot, and place the different sauces at strategic points on the table.

The diners select their food and cook it by placing it into the boiling soup, for just a few seconds, and then scooping it out with a miniature wire basket or chopsticks. The food is then dipped in a sauce.

The soup should be maintained at a rolling boil throughout the meal. It is also best to cook the meat before the vegetables as it needs longer cooking and also imparts a flavor to the soup while it cooks.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 8
Calories: 250
Fat. Total: 6g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 17g
Sodium: 629mg
% Cal. from Fat: 22%
Cholesterol: 80mg
Protein: 30g
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