How to Throw a Hot Pot Feast
It’s not just a dish—it’s an experience. Chef Melissa King shows us how to pull off a hot pot party (and put it over the top).
Platters of raw ingredients surround large pots of broth, bubbling on the tables. There’s way too much food—meats, seafood, vegetables, tofu, dumplings—and we have to set up small folding tables to hold it all. Family and friends huddle around the pots, no elbow room to spare, swishing wire skimmers filled with food through the broth. Every now and then, mah-jongg tiles crash in the background as people break from eating to play.