1. The broth flavorings
You'll want to start with this one especially when you're choosing a clear broth for your hot pot. While all of the hot pot ingredients contribute to the broth's flavor, you'll want to immediately add those that cook longer, namely corn, chicken, pork hocks, beef bones, hearty greens with thick stems, and root vegetables like carrots, lotus root, potatoes, and more.
2. The protein
Tough meats, including kidney, liver, tripe, intestines, and even fish and squid balls may take as long as five minutes to cook. You'll want to have these simmering well for better flavor extraction.
3. Seafood and vegetables
Seafood like shrimp, fish cakes, scallops, crabs, crab sticks, oysters, mussels, scallops, and other shellfish go next along with leafy vegetables like cabbage, bokchoy, enoki mushrooms, and tofu. When dunked in hot broth, it won't take you a minute or two to cook these.