Now, when talking about Chinese-style hot pot, you can’t leave out Bullhead Barbeque Sauce from the conversation. Made from ground peanuts, dried fish, dried shrimp, chili garlic, and Asian spices, this slightly grainy and pungent-smelling sauce adds a deliciously curried flavor to your hot pot broths. The Bullhead brand is so popular that some Asian households and grocery stores use it interchangeably with the word sha cha.
The origin of hot pot is believed to date back over a thousand years ago when Mongolian horsemen would use their helmets to simmer broth and boil meat to fuel their journeys. The Chinese adopted this practice to their local taste and ingredients. For instance, the Shichuan-style hot pot incorporates Shichuan chili peppers, resulting in a tongue-numbing and sweat-inducing dark red broth.
There may be a long-standing history and several varieties of hot pot but really, there are no fixed rules on how to enjoy it. We’ve come up with a simple guide that you may follow so you can enjoy a satisfying hot pot experience that feels like a warm hug right at your homes!