How to Make a Japanese Hot Pot

Japanese hot pot is a coveted dish in the cuisine. In fact, almost every Japanese meal consists of a hot pot. A hot pot is a soup dish that consists of various ingredients mostly consisting of a type of meat together with a collection of vegetables mixed into the soup. This is the ultimate Asian comfort food as you can taste several flavors and textures in one dish. But if you have been to a Japanese restaurant and wondered how to prepare it at home, you have come to the right place.
Follow this easy step-by-step guide for making your own Japanese hot pot at home:
Step 1: Prepare the Broth
You can buy pre-made broth in the market to make your life easy. But if you want to produce the best tasting broth, it is best to make one at home. You will need a deep dish casserole and allow the water to reach boiling point. When it does, add various herbs into the soup and a few other seasoning such as salt, pepper and spices. This will help infuse the flavor into the broth, so make sure to leave it on for several hours.
Step 2: Prepare the Ingredients
While the broth is being simmered to a boil, you should start preparing the ingredients to your hot pot. You can choose any type of meat you want to use – it’s your call. Common types of meat used for a Japanese hot pot dish can either be fish, pork or beef. The meat is thinly sliced into fillets. You can use any seafood or meat that is local to you.
Step 3: Prepare the Vegetables
Once the meat is ready, you should chop various types of vegetables (both leafy and root crop vegetables). The trick is to chop them into similar sizes for uniformity and to ensure they cook at the same time. You can also create your own recipe, if you want, and add in your favorite ingredients.
Step 4: Prepare the Noodles 
Some hot pot dishes come with noodles, others don’t. This is a matter of personal preference if you would like to add in the noodles or not. However, traditional hot pot recipes from Japan and China use noodles in the recipe.
Step 5: Put Together the Hot Pot Dish
At this point, you may now take out the broth from the fire. Pour it into a large bowl wherein you can add all of the ingredients you have prepared – meat, vegetables and noodles. Allow the ingredients to sit for a few minutes to give the hot broth a chance to wilt the vegetables and cook the meat. Ideally, you should place the hot pot on top of heated plates to maintain the temperature as you are serving them to your family or guests.
Now that you know how easy it is to make your own Japanese hot pot, you can enjoy the dish right at the comfort of your own home. But if you want to experience world class quality hot pot and other Japanese dishes, go to Kisso Japanese Restaurant. You will find a variety of hot pot dishes to sample.