The Thai Hot Pot Cooking Experience
At many of the night markets in Thailand, you will see small clay pots resting on what looks like a flower pot. We were unsure of what these were at first but realized the small pots contained broth to cook your food and the pot underneath held coals. We saw so many locals eating from these mini pots, we gave the Thai hot pot a try.
We want to show you how to cook with a Thai hot pot. Spoiler: It’s super easy!
Thai Hot Pot History
The hot pot cooking method is dated back to Mongolia around 1118 BC. Mongolians and Chinese cooked simple stock broths and meats in hot pots. As hot pot cooking grew in popularity and spread through Asia, regions developed unique styles of hot pot cooking including Thailand.
Today Thai hot pot cooking is known as Thai suki and its a unique blend of Chinese hot pot and Japanese shabu shabu. Thai suki is a fun, communal, and interactive dish perfect for large groups, kids, families, and foodies alike.
Thai Hot Pot Ingredients
Thai hot pot cooking typically includes a complex broth made from chicken or fish, chili paste, green onion, and lemongrass. Thai hot pots commonly serve a variety of meat and seafood. Unlike traditional Chinese hot pots, you can cook chicken, pork, beef, prawn, shrimp, squid, and fish in your Thai hot pot.
You will also receive a basket of rice noodles and veggies including Chinese cabbage, holy basil, and carrots to add depth to your soup.
How to Cook With a Thai Hot Pot:
All you need to do is place your veggies, noodles, and meat or seafood into the pot and place the top back on!
After 3-5 minutes open up your pot and the delicious aroma floods your nose. Check you meats first. Overcooked is better than undercooked, but play with the timing. When you get the timing just right you will have some very tender and juicy morsels.
Eating Thai Hot Pot
Fill your bowl up with all the delicious food that has been boiling in the hot pot and don’t forget to add some broth. Last, top your bowl off with a few leaves of Thai holy basil, hot sauce, and enjoy!
Add more ingredients to your pot and eat your bowl of soup while the next round is cooking.
We recommend you try a hot pot when you visit Thailand. The hot pot is a lot like Japanese Shabu Shabu, with a Thai twist. The food was so delicious and fun to cook we ended up getting hot pots two nights in a row!
After your hot pot, grab a refreshing treat to cool you down and complete your meal! We recommend a smoothie, rolled ice cream, or mango sticky rice.