Hot pot takes on many names and ingredients across East Asia. The most basic explanation – vegetables and meat cooked together in one (hot) pot of broth.
The variant of vegetables, meats, broths and the responsibility of who cooks it depends on many things.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a brilliant chef or it’s your first time boiling water. A very minimal amount of skill is required to make this delicious dish.
In Netflix’s’ Midnight Diner episode seven, “Hot Pot for One” serves us one variety of Japanese hot pot – shabu shabu.
While shabu shabu is fun served for a group of people – it’s a nice treat for just one or two.
The name “Shabu Shabu” comes from the Japanese sound and action of the thinly sliced meat being swished with chopsticks in the hot pot.
The only real work comes from prepping your meat and veggies. This dish is best served with paper-thin slices of beef or pork. The most common veggies is napa cabbage, enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, carrots and tofu for added fun.
I have yet to try making the Japanese version of hot pot but I have tried spicy, full flavoured Chinese versions.
You’re best bet for trying out this recipe is following Just One Cookbook’s.
Or here is another J+C recipe for Hot Pot for two.