Octopuscarwash's Gourmet Adventures

I live to eat. Yes, I am an Asian Jew. My favorite meal is breakfast (oatmeal in particular). I'm only in high school, so I am a complete amateur. Some of my favorite cuisines are Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Japanese and Korean. I eat so much Chinese food that it's hard to say whether I like it or not... all I know is that I don't like what most of America seems to think of as Chinese food, Panda Express. I'm a pescetarian and love coming up with my own healthy fusion food.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chinese hot pot AT HOME

This meal was TOTALLY worthy of its own post-- it's from a while ago (January 11th, to be exact), and I wrote it down in my journal:January 089January 090 January 091 

We had homemade hot pot tonight-- into the savory mushroom broth went the stringy, spaghetti-like fungi, winter melon, daikon, Napa cabbage, frozen tofu (which acquires a spongy, porous consistency), pea shoots, mung bean sprouts, glass noodles, and of course, lamb for the parents. January 096January 093

We dipped it all in a sauce of sesame paste, red fermented tofu (dou fu ru), seafood paste, wild  leek paste, soy sauce, chili oil, and cilantro. Sound gourmet? It was. If it hadn't been for the rich, spicy sauce, the meal would have been almost monastic in character.January 098January 102 January 104

Hot pot is the best possible kind of food to eat in cold weather-- it really warms you up from the inside, and waiting for everything to cook makes you eat more slowly. However, you never know when you're full! You just kind of keep eating and using the raw ingredients, and when you finally run out, you just drink the soup, which by then has soaked up the flavors of what you've dipped in it.


Anonymous Molly said...

Nice to see you back!

I had hotpot last night too! It was too bad I only had 10 minutes to eat before I had to leave...my tongue was burning!

January 26, 2009 at 7:18 AM  
OpenID luckytastebuds said...

dang I just found your blog and i have to tell you, i have been CRAVING hot pot at home for the past 2 months (i eat it at home in Hong Kong all the time...but now that i'm in Chicago...:(...) Thank you for sharing those pics. Makes me miss home but it's nice to live vicariously through you too!

January 31, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
OpenID dailygoods said...

i'm half chinese too! love hot pots at home!! :)

January 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Burp~! said...

there seriously is nothing better than family gathering round a big pot of boiling hotpot in the cold weathers! have you ever tried the ma-la kind? the spicy szechuan one that rocks your tongue!

January 31, 2009 at 7:47 PM  

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