Thomas J. Story
Total Time
1 Hour
Makes 4 quarts

San Francisco chef Melissa King uses this broth for hot pot, a celebratory dish that’s also an event unto itself.  The broth is very aromatic, with an alluring deep-red hue and a pleasant tingle from Sichuan peppercorns. It’s intentionally unsalted, since it will pick up so much flavor from the ingredients cooked in it; in fact, you will probably need to dilute it with a little boiling water from time to time over the course of the evening. For shopping tips, see our Asian Market Shopping Guide

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a 6- to 8-qt. pot over high heat. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add spices, chiles, and chile bean paste and fry, stirring, 1 minute to release flavors.

Step 2

Add broth and bring to a boil, covered; then lower heat and simmer, covered, 30 minutes to blend flavors.

*Find at East Asian markets or online.

Make ahead: 1 day, chilled, or 3 months, frozen.