I invited some friends over for hotpot. Rather than buying the ready made soup base which has lots of MSG, I thought it’s better to boil my own soup. Hotpot soup as meant to be more bland and when you add the food during the eating session, it will give the soup more flavour. One difference I noticed between Msian hotpot and HK hotpot is in Msia, we drink the soup. But in HK, you normally just cook the food with the soup without drinking cos they believe that the soup is ‘heaty’ after boiling it for so long. Anyway, this is a simple recipe which I came up with.
600g pork bone
2 litre water
8-10 red dates
1 medium-sized white radish
4-5 dried mushrooms
1 tsp of white peppercorns
1 piece of dried cuttlefish (optional)
salt to taste
1. Boil the water in a large pot.
2. Add in all the ingredients. Let it boil (medium heat).
3. Then, boil with low heat for 2-3 hours or you can transfer it to a slow cooker.