Growing Chefs! Ontario Mushroom Hot Pot

Mushroom Hot Pot

Hot pot is a method of cooking from China and is a fun way to enjoy a communal meal. A large pot is set up on the table with a steaming broth and assorted ingredients. This recipe features ideas for what you could use, but hot pot is a great way to use whatever you have on hand!
Serves 12

For stock

4 litres mushroom stock or chicken broth2 tablespoons goji berries20 red dates1 knob ginger (about 3 tablespoons), finely chopped2 garlic cloves, finely minced Salt to taste

To add to Hot Pot

Assorted mushrooms, thinly sliced Bok choy, thinly sliced Napa cabbage, thinly sliced Bean sprouts Daikon radish, thinly sliced Vermicelli noodles Tofu

To Serve

Soy sauce Sesame oil Fresh chilies
Cutting boardChef's knifeBowls of various sizesRasp (optional)Measuring cupsMeasuring spoonsSlotted spoonWooden spoonTongsStrainerTasting spoonsDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Soak the red dates in hot water for 20 minutes to rehydrate them. Drain the water and discard, and cut the date in half to remove the pit. Chop the dates finely.

Remove the skin of the ginger with a spoon, and grate finely with a rasp. Alternatively, chop finely with a chef’s knife.

Remove the skin of the garlic and grate finely with a rasp. Alternatively, chop finely with a chef’s knife.

Measure out the stock and goji berries.

Finely chop and prepare any vegetable, mushrooms, or ingredients you would like to go into the hot pot. Lay them out nicely on platters of plates.

Finely chop chilies for condiments if using, and gather any other condiments.

Get Cooking!

n a large pot, bring the stock to a boil with hot pot seasoning, ginger, garlic, dates, and goji berries. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes. Taste, and season with salt as needed.

If you have a portable burner, transfer the pot to the table and lay out the assorted ingredients and condiments.

Bring the broth to a simmer, and add desired ingredients to the broth and cook to desired doneness. Transfer the ingredients and broth to a pot, and add desired condiments and garnishes. The broth will become more flavourful and delicious as more ingredients are cooked in it.