February 6th is the seventh day of the lunar New Year, when the Spring Festival nearly ends. People in China gradually leave their home and get back to work. Although our Chinese students did not have the holiday off for a week in the United States, they still were to celebrate the spring festival in their own way. For example, several students had a good time in Xun Ma’s (May 2015 graduate) home on Chinese New Year’s Eve and enjoyed hot pot. (Pictured above).
Hot pot, less commonly known as steamboat, refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leaf, vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, and seafood. Vegetables, fish and meat should be fresh. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter.
Hot pot is a kind of way to communicate more than just to eat. When cooking and eating hot pot, friends or family get together for hours to chat and drink. You will get warmer while eating as well as your relationship with your friends.
Pictured above, Samuel(December 2013 Graduate) and Ilya (May 2015 Graduate) were also invited to a hot pot party. It was the first time for both of them to try hot pot.
Recent days are the coldest time in Raleigh, North Carolina with snow. Would you like hot pot to warm your stomach and heart?