How to hot-pot

How to hot-pot

Chinese hot pot, also known as ‘Huo guo’ in Mandarin, is not just a meal. It’s a delicious, social dining experience. It’s been loved throughout China for over 1,000 years and is the perfect way for you to eat with your friends and family.  

Here’s our guide on how to hot-pot.


Hot pot is made up of three parts: the soup base, the ingredients, and the dipping sauce. 

The soup base:

Your soup base will be the foundation of your hot pot, and is what you will cook all your ingredients in. Our menu has four different flavours to choose from;  Spicy, Mushroom, Chicken + Pork or Tomato.  If you’re struggling to choose, you can have two separate soups in one pot.


There are so many options to choose from, including meat, seafood, handmade balls, vegetables, mushrooms, noodles, tofu, and pastries. We recommend trying at least one thing out of your comfort zone to get the full experience.


Sauce is very important and ties your whole meal together. We’ve got a selection of sauces and toppings you can add to your hot pot for free, such as soy sauce, vinegar, chopped spring onions, sesame oil, coriander, and garlic. 


The hot pot will be on a hotplate so it stays boiling throughout your meal. Make sure to wait for the broth to boil before you put any ingredients into it, especially meat. This will make sure everything is cooked properly. 

We recommend using two different sets of utensils: one for eating and one for cooking, as you might be handling raw meat. If you only have one set, you can sterilise the chopsticks by dipping them in the boiling broth for a bit. The heat will kill any germs.

Cooking times will be on your menu, so it’s worth checking them out. Anything that takes longer to cook should go in first. 

Cook your food in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pot. Dumping everything in at once can lower the temperature. Your food will take longer to cook which is not ideal when you’re hungry!

While ingredients that take longer sit in the broth, you can dip ingredients that have a shorter cooking time in the broth. This will make sure you always have something delicious to eat and don’t have to sit waiting for food to cook. 


Once the ingredients you’ve put in the pot have finished cooking, take them out with your chopsticks, dip them in your sauce, and enjoy!

Keep an eye on the time to make sure everything is cooked properly. Give the broth a swirl every now and again too, just to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything sitting at the bottom!

You can drink the broth throughout your meal or save it until the end when it’s soaked up all the lovely flavours from your ingredients. 

Remember, it’s a communal meal, so don’t be greedy! Share out the food and enjoy the experience together.

Why not give it a try?

With hot pot, there’s something for everyone. It’s a fun, social event that we’re sure you will love. 

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Pop in to ‘’It’s not’’ hot pot and give it a try!