Sichuan Hot Pot - Authentic, Fiery, and Spicy
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Sichuan Hot pot is a great meal to make, especially during colder months. Learn how to assemble a spicy soup base and authentic Chinese Sichuan hot pot at home!
Recipe type: Soups and Stocks
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: as many servings as you like! (this recipe is scalable)
For the soup base:
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 6 slices ginger
  • 3-5 bay leaves
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 star anise
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 12 whole dried red chilies
  • 1 package spicy hot pot soup base
  • 12-15 cups chicken stock
For the dipping sauce:
  • Soy sauce
  • Sacha sauce
  • Chili oil or paste
  • Chinese black vinegar or rice vinegar
  • Sesame paste or peanut butter
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped scallions
  • Chopped garlic
To eat with your hot pot:
  • Thinly shaved beef or lamb
  • Sliced chicken
  • Assorted fish balls (you can buy these pre-made at Asian grocery stores)
  • Thinly sliced fish fillets (tender white fish like tilapia or sea bass work well for this)
  • Tofu sheets
  • Slices of firm tofu
  • Soy puffs (fried tofu puffs)
  • Straw mushrooms
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Wood ear mushrooms
  • Fresh noodles
  • Glass noodles (mung bean vermicelli)
  • Prepared frozen dumplings or wontons
  • Chinese rice cakes (like these)
  • Choy sum or bok choy
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Napa cabbage
  1. For the soup base:
  2. In a wok over medium heat, add the oil and the ginger. Cook the ginger for about a minute until caramelized, making sure it doesn't burn. Add the bay leaves, whole garlic cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, and cloves. Cook for another 2 minutes, until very fragrant.
  3. Add the Sichuan peppercorns, dried chilies (whole), and the spicy hot pot soup base. Cook for another 2 minutes, and then add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and transfer to the pot you'll be using for your hot pot meal. You want the pot to be relatively wide and at least 6 inches deep.
  4. To make the dipping sauce, simply combine whatever mix of ingredients you like.
  5. To assemble the hotpot, simply plug in your hot plate, place the prepared pot of broth on top, and bring to a low boil or simmer. Place all of your prepared ingredients around it, have everyone mix up their own dipping sauces, and dive in. Each person just takes whatever they want, adds it to the pot, waits for it to cook, and then dips it into their sauce. As the water evaporates as you're cooking, add boiling water to the pot as needed. You can also serve rice with hot pot (we do), but it's not mandatory.
Recipe by The Woks of Life at