Monday, March 11, 2013

Spicy Tofu Hotpot

Winter is a time for steamy soups and one popular Asian version of this is called "hotpot".  It's essentially the equivalent of fondue.  Thin cuts of meat, dumplings, vegetables, and noodles are boiled in a soup that's placed in the center of a special cook-top table or portable propane stove.  Honestly, as much as I enjoy this meal, I'm too lazy to do it myself because it requires a lot of prep and patience.  Generally this is a social affair and so it's a very prolonged meal that can easily last a couple hours.  Plus, if you try to rush things and  put too much food in at once, the soup gets overloaded and it takes even longer to cook!

That's why I was so excited to find this recipe for hotpot.  It's all the hotpot flavor that I love with a more immediate satisfaction.  Sure, you lose the fun and socialization aspect but when there's just the two of us at home, I can deal with that.

The original recipe would have made an excellent Meatless Monday meal but since my husband is a carnivore, I added some shredded chicken and frozen dumplings.  If I had fish, shrimp, or beef balls those would have likely made an appearance, too.  Udon noodles are my favorite soup noodles but honestly, all I had on-hand was linguine so that's what we used this time.  It's such a versatile recipe with a great base to get you started!

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Spicy Tofu Hotpot


  • 14 ounces firm tofu, preferably water-packed 
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil 
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (about 2 cups) (I used regular white mushrooms)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha sauce, or to taste 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups thinly sliced tender bok choy greens 
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 12-18 frozen Asian-style dumplings
  • 8 ounces fresh cooked noodles such as lo mein, udon, or mei fun (I used linguine)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  1. Drain and rinse tofu; pat dry. Cut the block into 1-inch cubes. 
  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook until slightly soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in sugar, broth, water, soy sauce and sriracha sauce; cover and bring to a boil. Add the dumplings and cook for about 3 minutes. Add bok choy, chicken, and tofu, cover and simmer until greens are wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the cooked noodles remove from the heat and stir in cilantro. 
Source: Modified from Eating Well

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