The Chongqing hot pot is a popular style of hot pot originating from Chongqing, a city in southwestern China known for its spicy cuisine. It is characterized by a numbing, spicy, and aromatic broth made with Sichuan peppercorns, dried chili peppers, and other spices.
The hot pot itself is typically a large communal pot filled with the spicy broth, which is kept simmering over a portable stove at the center of the table. Diners then cook various meats, vegetables, and other ingredients in the hot pot, either by skewering them on long forks and submerging them in the broth or by simply dropping them directly into the pot.
In addition to the spicy broth, Chongqing hot pot is also known for its dipping sauce, which is typically made from sesame paste, soy sauce, garlic, and other seasonings. Diners can customize their own dipping sauce to their liking and use it to enhance the flavor of the cooked ingredients.
Chongqing hot pot is a popular dining experience in China and has gained popularity in other parts of the world as well. It is often enjoyed with friends and family, and the communal aspect of the meal makes it a social and interactive dining experience.
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