When I think of soup I think of warm hugs and cuddles. Maybe it has something to do with chicken noodle soup being prepared for me when most people are sick. Chinese noodle soup or hotpot is so easy to make and does not require high cooking skills.
What I love about making this dish is that it is a complete meal in itself. You have your carbs in the noodles, you have the protein from the meat, chicken, or seafood (depending on what you choose to put), then you have the vitamins and minerals from the veggies.
When I cooked this I used an electric pot, but you can prepare this on a stove, too, if you don’t have one. I believe in using what is available.
Note: You can substitute ingredients and adjust flavor to taste.
Simple Chinese Hotpot
- 2 - 3 ball Noodles I used Thin Egg Noodles that come in balls (2 - 3 balls)
- Assortment of frozen seafood (fish balls. Shrimp balls. Fish cakes, crabsticks) thawed
- 1 cube bouillon shrimp or chicken
- 1 tbsp light/premium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp mirin or oyster sauce
- 1.5 liters water or 6 cups
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- .5 cup Cabbage sliced into strips or bite-sized
- .5 cup Mushrooms sliced
- 1 tbsp Scallions or chives sliced, thin
- Since I am using the electric pot, I first set the function setting to "high". Later on, I switch it to "low" when simmering.
- Turn on the stove and pour water into the pot.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Drop in the bouillon cube. I usually crush this to make it dissolve faster.
- Add light and dark soy sauces and mirin. Stir.
- Lower the temperature to medium-low heat.
- Add seafood and mushrooms. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes
- (Optional) Add the mushrooms. Stir.
- (Optional) Add cabbage. Do not stir. Push down the leaves so all is submerged and can cook evenly.
- Add noodles. Continue simmer at medium heat.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Turn off heat after 3 minutes. At this point noodles are only halfway cooked. Noodles will continue cooking from the residual heat.
- When noodles have absorbed sufficient water, add sesame oil. Stir.
- Serve into bowls, and top with chopped chives.
- You can substitute beef strips (sukiyaki cut or samgyupsal) for the sea food, and beef broth/bouillon for the soup stock.
- Same for pork, you can use any pork cuts such as bacon, salty ham, sausages, and pork bouillon or pork stock.