15.05.2021, 10:00

Strangely, hot pot “sighs” in the West, guests “sweat” enjoy it

Not only has a delicious taste, but the island hot pot dish also “attracts” guests by its eye-catching decorative appearance.

Islet hot pot (also known as breathing hot pot, coal hot pot) is a “famous” delicacy of the western provinces of the river. The reason for this name is because one must use a specially designed aluminum pot, specialized for cooking hot pot, is an islet pot.

The appearance of the pot is quite similar to a candle, but it is larger in size, with a burner in the middle like an isle growing in the middle of a river. People put coal in the middle burner, the heat of the coal will cook the food.

Strangely, hot pot “sighs” in the West, guests “sweat” enjoy it
The name islet hot pot comes from the pot with a burner in the middle like “islet growing on the river” (Photo: @huynh_ninh).

In the past, islet hot pot was often the representative dish in Southern parties, brought after the appetizers, occupying the central position. Later, this hot pot dish was elevated to a local specialty, appearing in the menus of restaurants and hotels to serve tourists everywhere to enjoy.

Islet hot pot is a popular dish that can be enjoyed all year round. Depending on each locality and the conditions of each family, the ingredients for making hot pot are different. For example, in An Giang and Dong Thap, people often put fish in hot pot, but in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, and Kien Giang, it is indispensable for shrimp, fresh squid, …

Depending on the taste and conditions of the host, the islet hot pot dish is “fertile” and rich or not (Photo: Tai Huu Nguyen).

However, regardless of the region, in the islet hot pot, there are always typical ingredients such as pork liver (or pork heart), chicken gizzard (or duck), grilled pork chop shaped like a cana fruit, flower cake, etc. .. There are also typical vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, white radish,

When guests order, the chef cleverly arranges layers of ingredients into the pot, attractively arranged and then pours the broth over.

Coal is pre-primed to just ignite. After loading all the things into the hot pot, close the lid, put the coal in the burner, bring it to the table. The hot coals will cook the food, keeping the hot pot always boiling for diners to enjoy.

The island hot pot dish consists of a variety of ingredients, eye-catching decoration (Photo: @onghoangtrasua).

Not only is it different from other hot pot dishes in the recipe, but the islet hotpot also has a number of recipes of its own to create a “famous” flavor. For example, the coal used must be mangrove charcoal. Because this type of coal burns evenly, retains heat for a long time but less ash.

When the water boils, the lid of the pot moves, then open, put the ingredients in. The steam, mixed with the rising coal fire, combines the aroma from the flowers cleverly arranged on the hot pot, underneath are delicious, billowing dishes that make diners hard to resist.

The aromatic sweetness of the broth combined with the freshness of vegetables, the rich taste of fish meat makes diners who eat islet hotpot once and forever remember (Photo: @thon.foodie).

Islet hotpot is served with a plate of rice vermicelli or noodles, chrysanthemum vegetables, fried tofu, hot tofu,… Put the noodles and vegetables into the boiling hot pot, then quickly take out the bowl, fill the broth and place the shrimp With fish meat on top, diners will feel the full flavor of this dish.

Islet hot pot visually attractive with delicious taste has become a famous specialty in the West of the river (Photo: @heofood).

The fresh taste of fish, the greasy taste of meat and vegetables mixed with sweet and fragrant broth makes visitors flutter, feeling like the taste of the West River is melting in the mouth.

Coming to the West, visitors can easily find and enjoy hot pot drop in restaurants and hotels for about 250,000 – 300,000 VND/pot for 2-3 people to enjoy. Follow Dan trí