Sonntag, 1. Januar 2012

New Year's Eve Hot pot

On New Year's Eve we like to have long lasting late evening dinners which will take their time until midnight. Traditionally many families will have Fondue bourguignonne (Wikipedia: consists of a fondue pot filled with hot oil into which diners dip pieces of meat to cook them. Various sauces are provided on the side). This is a very unhealthy but delicious feast. Butchers sell the meat already prepared for fondue: mixed plates, meat cut in small pieces.
But Hotpot serves the same issue pretty perfect too without tons of fat:
  • The whole meal will be cooked at the dining table.
  • Everybody has to cook the own share.
sorry blurry but I had to be quick: Hot pot with dips

Just out of the pot: Prawn with onion dip
Hot pot is just broth with different ingredients which are going to be simmered in this broth: seafood, meat, vegetables, mushrooms, tofu. Therefor the Hot pot - a metal pot containing broth set on a burner, is placed in the center  of the dining table, where the broth is kept simmering. You place all ingredients around this centerpiece and let the cooking and dining begin:  let your food (meat slice, piece of vegetable) swim in the simmering broth until done and fish it out with chop sticks. Dip in sauce and eat to your hearts content.

First you need a good broth. Chicken broth without much salt is good, beef broth too. Cook the broth with some leftover vegetables as carrots, daikon, dried and soaked shiitake mushrooms, cabbage stems, a knob of ginger. This will improve the taste. Strain afterwards.You need 2 liter broth.

Prepare meat and fish - whatever you want:  pork, beef, lamb, chicken, firm fish fillet slices, shrimps. This time I decided on pork loin, beef loin, fresh prawns.  Directions: 50 g  each / person. Cut the meat in very thin slices.


Fish cakes - home made
Prepare vegetables: Use whatever you want and like: cabbage, carrots, daikon, bok choy, broccoli flowers, bamboo sprouts/shoots, lotus roots, asparagus, mushrooms.  Everything cut in thin slices or chunks.
I took chinese cabbage, mushrooms, baby bamboo shoots, chrysanthemum leaves, spring onions.
Yery nice are stripes of fried tofu skin too. Just dip them in the broth.

Prepare side dishs:
I went with pickled vegetables, salad.
Prepare noodles: Cook some ramen and rinse with coldwater. This noodles will be reheated in the remaining  broth after the end of all fishing and dipping.

Noodles in broth with a little miso-sesame-dip

Prepare Dips:

Apricot chutney
6 small apricots, cut in small cubes
1 small red onion, diced
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1 red hot chilli, minced
1/2 teaspoon garam masala (indian sweet curry powder)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Heat sugar, apricots and onion in a sauce pan until onions are translucent, sugar melted. Deglace with vinegar, add ginger,  garam masala, chilli and simmer until apricots smooth and the chutney shows a jam like texture..

Peanut sauce
100+ ml dashi (thin dashi without salt)
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon  sugar
1 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Heat dashi stir in all ingredients.

1 1/2 tablespoons white sesame paste
1 1/2 tablespoons miso
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
50 ml broth

Onion dip
100 ml broth
2 spring onions, sliced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons sugar
1 red hot chilli, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1 garlic glove, minced

Heat broth, add all ingredients and boil it down a little.

Additions Store bought:

Sweet Thai chilli sauce
Soy sauce
chilli pepper


Hiroyuki hat gesagt…

Another very elaborate dinner!!!
I wonder if your version of Fondue bourguignonne is popular in your area. I'd like to be invited to your dinner, but I certainly don't want to prepare such a dinner myself (laugh)!

Your home-made fish cakes are very intriguing!

Fräulein Trude hat gesagt…

Oh it is not that elaborate. Everything can be done rather quickly. It is only broth and a few dips. If you make Oden or a good Ramen soup you have to prepare nearly the same I think (except dips).

Only the fish cake is somewhat special I will post the "How to".