In cold and breezy winters, what else could be more soothing and pleasant than sitting in a warm and cozy environment and enjoying HOT POT with your family? Hot pot originated in China and got its name from the Chinese word Huo Guo meaning firepot. It is a pot of simmering soup with different meat, vegetables, condiments, and spices.
Hotpot is not just food but also serves as a social event. In Taiwanese culture roundness, the circle symbolizes unity and reunion. When you eat hot pot, you sit with your friends and family around the table with a bubbling cauldron of broth in the center. The best thing about Hot pot is that it gives you the options to make it the way you like. Don’t worry if your friends are vegetarian. They don’t like meat or are allergic to it. Here are the five best vegetarian hot pot recipes for your vegetarian friends and family members.
1. Vegetarian Pumpkin Milk Hot Pot
For vegetarian pumpkin milk hot pot recipe, you need
- 1 kg pumpkin, washed and chopped
- One chopped carrot and onion
- One sliced leek
- 1L vegetable stock or water
- 500ml milk
- Salt, pepper, soy sauce for seasoning
- Roasted cashew nuts and parsley for garnishing
Pour 1L water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Put pumpkin, carrot, onion, and leek in it. Cook it for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables have become soft. Now add milk to it and cook it for 5 minutes. Season it with salt, pepper, and soy sauce. If you like, you can blend it until smooth. Garnish it with roasted cashew nuts and parsley. Pumpkin milk hotpot is ready to serve.
2. Vegetarian Mountain Yam Hot Pot Recipe
Mountain yam or Nagaimo is an elongated, cylindrical tuber with brown skin and yellow pulp. It is popular in Chinese, Japanese, and Taiwanese cuisine for its sticky texture.
- 500g Mountain yam
- 100g carrot
- 10g Shallots
- 10g Huang qi herb
- 5g Ashweed
- 150g Vine spinach
- 100g Wormwood
- 150g Garland chrysanthemum
- Ligusticum wallichii franch
- Salt and pepper as per taste
First of all, peel the mountain yam and carrots. Rinse them thoroughly and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Stir fry shallots in a saucepan. Then add mountain yam, and fry slightly. Pour water into the saucepan to make a stew. Let it boil for 10-15 minutes. Now put carrot, salt, pepper, and all the herbs into a soup. Cook it on a medium to low flame for 10 minutes. So, that all the flavors and aromas of the herbs properly mix in a broth. Serve hot with vegetables and rice vermicelli.
3. Vegetarian Ginseng Hot Pot Recipe
Ginseng hot pot is a very healthy recipe. It can boost your immunity, reduce your blood sugar and cholesterol level, and reduce stress.
Ingredients for Broth
- American/Asian ginseng root
- 1.5L water
- Ten dried shiitake mushrooms
- One bulb of garlic
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp pink salt
- 100g Chinese cabbage
- 100g romaine lettuce
- One packet fried bean curd sheet
Method Of Preparation
In a pot, pour in 1.5L of water, ginseng roots, mushrooms, and other broth ingredients. Cook it on medium to high flame for 45 minutes to extract the whole goodness of ginseng. Once the broth is cooked, put in the vegetables and leave them to cook naturally in the steam. Transfer broth into a bowl and serve it immediately with fried bean curd sheets to retain its crispiness.
4. Vegetables And Mushroom Hot Pot Recipe
Vegetables and mushroom hot pot are rich and hearty stews for cold winter evenings. Try out this recipe.
- 500g mixed mushrooms, such as fresh shiitake, oyster, black fungus, tinned straw mushrooms, and white button mushrooms.
- Four garlic cloves
- 1 ½ cup of vegetable stock
- One tablespoon cornflour
- Two tablespoon hoisin sauce
- Two tablespoon soy sauce
- Three tablespoon olive oil
- One teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Coriander and spring onion to garnish
Preheat the oven to 180C-200C. First, take a casserole dish with a lid and brush it with oil. Then, wash all the mushrooms and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Slice the button mushrooms and keep them aside. Make a smooth paste of cornflour and some of the vegetable stock in a bowl. Now add the remaining stock, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce to it. Heat olive oil and sesame oil in a large saucepan and stir fry garlic. Add mushrooms, pepper, and vegetable stock mixture. Stir it continuously until the sauce has thickened. Pour it into a casserole and cover it with a lid. Bake it for 20 minutes and serve it with steamed rice, quinoa, or millet.
5.Vegetarian Meat Hot Pot Recipe
Vegetarian meat is a meat-like substance made from vegetarian ingredients. The most common are soy-based tofu.
- 4 cups firm tofu, water-packed
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
- 4 cups tender bok choy greens, sliced
- 8 ounces of Chinese style noodles
- Six cloves minced garlic
- Two tablespoons grated ginger
- Two teaspoon canola oil and chili garlic sauce
- ¼ cup soy sauce
Drain firm tofu and cut it into small cubes. Heat oil in a saucepan, stir fry ginger and garlic until fragrant. First, add mushrooms and cook them for 2 minutes. Stir in broth, brown sugar, soy sauce, and chili sauce. Cover it and bring it to a boil. Add tofu and bok choy, let it cook for 2 minutes. Raise the flame, add noodles and cook until noodles are tender. Remove from the flame and garnish with fresh cilantro.
Hot pot is the most popular dish because of its versatility. With these superb vegetarian hot pot recipes, you can amaze your vegetarian friends. Are you tired of home cooking and want to hang out with your friends? Try MEMORY CORNER, a Taiwanese restaurant in Richmond, Canada. At Memory corner, you will find a wide variety of hot pots with exotic flavours. Hurry up! Reserve your table now for Christmas evening and make it the memorable day of your life.