Are you looking for a fun and healthy dinner recipe? Try my Asian-inspired Mushroom Hot Pot! 🍄 I recently bought a double tabletop burner and cannot stop making my own healthy hot pot soups at home!
In the past few weeks, I experimented with different ingredient combinations and spices and I still haven’t found one I don’t like. However, this mushroom hot pot is certainly my favorite… the mushroom broth is simply incredible! 😋
And it’s very simple and quick to make too: in less than 20 minutes, you can have a super healthy and wholesome Asian-inspired dinner in just a few steps. All you have to do is prep all of your ingredients (here I used mushrooms, tofu, bok choy, and sliced beef) and add them to the broth. The result will surprise even the fussiest eaters!
The Best Kitchen Equipment for my Mushroom Hot Pot! 🥘
Prepping this Mushroom Hot Pot is very simple, especially if you have the right kitchen equipment. In saying that, there is no need to buy a whole paraphernalia of fancy and expensive – and most of the time, useless – kitchen tools.
What you truly need are a few staple tools, such as:
- An electric burner (in my case, a double tabletop burner);
- A hot pot (I love this divided pot, as it allows me to experiment with two different broths at once);
- A wire skimmer (I recently bought this skimmer and I love how it helps me to remove the ingredients from the broth once they are cooked);
- A pair of reusable chopsticks (optional, but highly suggested for a full hot pot experience!)
As you can see, nothing is extremely expensive or hard to find! Plus, it’s a very funny activity to do with your partner or kids. Take a plate of ingredients to add to the pot and cook them with your family directly at the dinner table!
The Best Ingredients to Add to my Mushroom Hot Pot 🥬
First of all, let’s have a look at my easy hot pot broth recipe. This easy hot pot broth is completely plant-based and gluten-free (just opt for gluten-free soy sauce). The basic ingredients are just mushroom stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, shiitake powder, and lots of fun spices. If you don’t have the shiitake powder, swap it with some miso paste. This is a salty and tangy paste made with fermented soybeans.
For the spices, I highly suggest sticking to the combination and proportions below, in order to have a well-balanced flavor profile. The sweetness of the cloves and cinnamon perfectly complements the pungent flavor of the coriander and white pepper. These, in turn, dampen the saltiness of the soy sauce.
Let’s have a look now at the fun part of this recipe: the choice of the ingredients to cook in my easy hot pot broth! My suggestion is to pick some – or even all – of the ingredients in this list:
After all, this is a mushroom hot pot: in particular, I suggest using shiitake, oyster, king, or enoki mushrooms. Baby portabella mushrooms are fine too.
Cheap, versatile, and rich in plant-based protein, tofu is a staple in all my hot pot recipes!
- Bok choy (or other dark leafy green veggies).
Also called “Chinese cabbage”, this dark leafy green veggie is rich in powerful antioxidants, that can help to prevent cell damage from free radicals and slow down the aging process. Among them are vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.
- Starchy and hard veggies: these are great to add some “crunch” to the hot pot soup. My favorites are squash, red potatoes, carrots, and parsnips.
- Sliced beef.
Even though I’m not a huge fan of red meat, adding some sliced beef will amp up the protein content of the dish. However, this is totally optional and can be easily substituted with some strips of coconut bacon or some shredded jackfruit, for a fully plant-based option.
Adding hard-boiled eggs to my easy hot pot broth is another great way to boost the protein content of the dish while keeping the carbohydrates and fats to a minimum.
- Instant ramen.
If, on the other hand, you are wanting to add some easily digestible carbs to this recipe, just opt for some instant ramen or whole-grain rice. Look for ramen without all of the additives – I like this millet and brown rice ramen.
- Sauces and toppings.
Although my easy hot pot broth recipe contains lots of sauces and spices, you can decide to boost the flavor of the dish with some additional soy sauce, Sacha sauce (a sort of barbecue sauce made from seafood), or sesame paste. To top the hot pot, some finely sauced green onion or scallion.
Obviously, the more veggies and lean proteins you will add, the healthiest the mushroom hot pot will be! For additional ideas on what to add to the soup, check out this article. How to Make Hot Pot At Home, From the Broths to the Add-Ins to the Condiments | Bon Appétit (bonappetit.com).
In conclusion, I hope you like this recipe! If you do, don’t forget to comment and share it with your family and friends and comment this post. In the meanwhile, let’s connect on my socials (all the links are down below)! 💗
Mushroom Hot PotYum
- 1 Hot Pot
- 1 Electric Burner or any Table Top Burner
For the broth:
- 1 large Onion diced very small
- 2 tbsp Garlic minced
- 8 cups Mushroom stock
- 1/2 tbsp Brown sugar
- 2 tbsp Shiitake mushroom powder or miso paste
- 2 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Fennel
- 1/8 tsp Cloves
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Cardamon
- 1/2 tsp White pepper
- 1/2 tsp Coriander
- 1 tbsp Sesame oil
For the broth:
- Heat a large pot with the sesame oil.
- Once the oil is shimmering, add the onion and minced garlic.
- Cook until the onion is partially translucent and garlic fragrant, for about a couple of minutes.
- Add all of the other ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a simmer and allow all ingredients to simmer for about 15 minutes to assimilate and bring out all of the flavors.
- Remove from the heat.
For the hot pot:
- Prep all the ingredients you want to add to the pot.
- Carefully pour or ladle the broth into your hot pot pots (if you aren’t using the large pot and using a couple of smaller pots).
- Heat up the burners to bring the broth to a low boil.
- Add the ingredients to the pot at your leisure and add them to your bowl when cooked! Ladle in a little bit of that delicious mushroom broth!
- P.S.: this activity is excellent over some dinner conversation. You certainly don’t have to cook and eat your ingredients all at once!
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