Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Hotpot is the perfect recipe that will warm you up on winter days. It is suitable for social gatherings with picky eaters, the ingredients are customizable and fun to make. So healthy and nourishing, and you can have fun with the toppings!
What is Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Hotpot?
Hotpot is the best way to eat and socialize, especially when the weather cools down. It has a variety of ingredients laid out and a simmering pot in the middle. The pot would be on a portable stovetop or a rice cooker like this one. The idea is that you would put the fresh ingredients in the pot to cook on the heat, then scoop them out and eat, and repeat. The ingredients are ready after a few minutes of simmering, some may take longer to cook.
Hotpot very customizable and fun – like a buffet where you can choose to put any ingredient you like. This way of eating is perfect for children or picky eaters as there are a variety of ingredients to choose from.
What ingredients do you normally use in Hotpot?
The ingredients in Hotpot are usually very well-balanced and nourishing:
Vegetables: different types of mushroom, corn, broccoli, lotus roots, pineapple chunks, carrots. With a combination of vegetables, the broth becomes sweet and full of fiber and nutrients.
Protein: you can add any plant protein you like and have on hand, like tofu, tofu skin, edamame, cooked chickpeas and beans. Or plant-based meat.
Carbs: you can add rice noodles or instant ramen noodles.
Dipping sauce: feel free to use any hotpot dipping sauces you like, for this recipe I used a vegan fish sauce mix and peanut hoisin sauce!
What tool do you use for Hotpot?
The traditional way of preparing Hotpot is with a portable stovetop burner. Just need to put a pot on top of the burner, adjust the heat accordingly: Put the ingredients in on a high heat and after the ingredients are cooked, reduce the heat, scoop out the ingredients to enjoy. Then put in on high heat to cook the newly added ingredients.
However, if you don’t want to buy a separate kitchen appliance, you can use a rice cooker. Use the ‘cook’ function to cook the ingredients and switch to the ‘warm’ function to reduce the heat. Here’s the rice cooker that I recommend, it’s good for serving 4 people and can also be used to cook rice!