Chinese Hot Pot Recipe
Chinese Hot Pot Recipe – These comforting Chinese Hot Pots are loaded with veggies, chicken, and gluten free bean thread noodles in a warm, savory broth. Enjoy satisfying hot pot soup with your family as a perfect winter stew!
Noodle Soup for the Soul
Every Asian country has its own version of chicken noodle soup.
Actually, every country I can think of has a signature noodle soup! China alone has hundreds of variations based on regional culture and resources.
In China, soups are thought to hold healing properties and noodles are a sign of longevity. A noodle soup is therefore taken very seriously, as are most dishes.
Chinese culture holds a large amount of respect for the foods they eat; a lost tradition American culture is slowly beginning to regain.
Regional cuisines are highly respected and noted for their culinary and health-related attributes. Children are taught early on, how to prepare traditional dishes, some which have been around for thousands of years. And hot pot soups are still among the most popular dishes enjoyed by many families around the world.
Classic Chinese Hot Pot Soup
In high school, I spent the summer in China studying Chinese history, the Mandarin language, and the Uighur language spoken widely in the North Western Chinese province of Xinjiang.
We spent a great deal of our free time with Chinese college students who were eager to befriend “the foreigners” and brush up on their English.
These friends introduced me to a classic Chinese hot pot recipe, a method of making soup in which you gently cook raw vegetables in your serving bowl by pouring hot broth over the top, and allowing them to steep.
Chinese Hot Pots are a fun and interactive meal that allows each individual to personalize their bowl with favorite ingredients and spice.
Plus, bean thread noodles are made solely out of mung bean sprouts, therefore making this a gluten free and grain free dish. You’ll love how this recipe easily fits into a low carb diet!
Get the Full Chinese Hot Pot Recipe Below!
What You Need to Make Chinese Hot Pots
Inspired by my experiences in China and adapted numerous times, I’ve tried several different versions of hot pot recipes over the years. This final Chinese Hot Pot Recipe is by far my favorite, with the perfect combination of fresh, salty, and earthy flavors swimming in a warm, comforting broth.
Here are the ingredients you need to make gluten free Chinese Hot Pot soup:
- Chicken stock
- Rice vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- Fresh ginger
- Garlic cloves
- Boneless, skinless chicken thighs – thinly sliced
- Bean thread noodles – can substitute rice noodles or udon noodles
- Green onions (scallions)
- Mung bean sprouts
- Bok choy (or baby bok choy)
- Chile-garlic sauce
My Easy and Gluten Free Hot Pot Recipe
My kids love this dish, and ask for Chinese Hot Pots on a regular basis! And this savory chicken soup is so wonderfully easy to make and delicious, I am more than happy to fulfill their request.
To make this Chinese Chicken Hot Pot Recipe:
- Bring the chicken stock, water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, minced ginger, and cracked garlic to a low boil in a large soup pot on your bigger burner or induction burner.
- Add the thinly sliced chicken thighs to the hot pot soup base and simmer for 5-7 minutes, until just cooked through.
- Next, add the gluten free bean thread or rice noodles. Stir, then cover and remove from heat.
- Immediately serve by allowing each person to fill their bowls with fresh vegetables and a bit of chile garlic sauce. Then, ladle the scalding hot soup over the veggies and let them sit for 5 minutes before enjoying.
The Chinese Hot Pots are ready when the veggies are softened to your liking!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can This Hot Pot Recipe Be Made Vegetarian / Vegan?
Absolutely! This veggie-heavy hot pot recipe can easily be made vegan by substituting chicken broth with vegetable broth, and omitting the chicken. For protein, you might try some extra-firm tofu added along with the other vegetables in each individual’s bowl, before covering it with hot broth to cook. Sweet potato and other root vegetables in thin slices would be great. You could even use enoki mushrooms if you wish; you can find these in most Asian grocery stores.
How Far in Advance Can You Make Chinese Hot Pot Soup?
The broth for this savory Chinese stew can be made a few days in advance, and will certainly develop an even richer flavor as it sits in a sealed container in the fridge.
For optimum freshness, I recommend not adding the chicken and veggies until you are ready to serve though. Make the broth ahead of time, but then add the fresh chicken once you’ve reheated the broth on the stove to a low boil. Continue to prepare the soup according to the rest of my recipe.
Does Hot Pot Keep Well?
Yes! Even if you’ve prepared the soup base with the chicken, once cooled leftovers will store well in an airtight container for several days in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer. Use fresh veggies to pour the reheated soup over when you’re ready to serve!
Can I Use Other Proteins?
This soup can be made with your choice of protein – chicken, beef, pork, seafood/shellfish (like oyster, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, or squid), or even lamb. This hot pot broth soup can support your favorite protein taste. Just slice the meat thin enough to be able to pick it up with chopsticks.
What Else Could I Add-In?
Consider adding other leafy greens, (like napa cabbage, watercress, spinach, or fresh herbs) to the soup. You could also add dumplings to this soup recipe, or chili oil for extra spice.
Looking For More Savory Soup Recipes?
- Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- The Best Beef Stew Recipe
- Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
- Tom Yum Soup (Hot and Sour Soup)
- Nana’s Epic Navy Bean Ham Bone Soup
- Japanese Clear Soup Recipe
- Healthy Italian Soup
Check the printable recipe card below for the prep and cook time as well as the nutrition information percentages.
Chinese Hot Pot Recipe
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 3-5 slices fresh ginger
- 3-5 cloves garlic, cracked
- 1 pound boneless chicken thighs thinly sliced
- 5 ounces bean thread noodles or rice noodles
- 1 bunch green onions
- 1 1/2 cup mung bean sprouts
- 8 ounces mushrooms, any variety
- 4 baby bok choy
- chile-garlic sauce
- In a large pot, bring the chicken stock, water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic to a boil. Add the thinly sliced chicken and simmer for 5-7 minutes, until just cooked through. Add the noodles. Stir, then cover and remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, chop all the veggies and place in serving bowls. When ready to serve, allow each person to fill their bowls with fresh vegetables and a bit of chile sauce.
- Ladle the scalding hot soup over the veggies and let them sit for 5 minutes. Mix and enjoy!
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I have made this recipe many times. My family loves it on a cold evening! It’s relatively inexpensive to make once you have all of the base ingredients, and it feeds a small army of you need it to. 5 starts all the way!!
Just made this, and it was amazing. I added a Thai 5 spice oil to kick it up a few notches. This is definitely a recipe I will be coming back to.
I really loved how tasty this is! So comforting!
thank you for sharing this, what a fun soup and experience that went with your settling on the best version!
I love my Chinese food, especially the soups. This is AMAZING!
This is such a great recipe! Thank you so much! Love it!
i am so eager to make this recipe!
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I have never seen hot pot done this way. I have only seen having a central or individual pot which is heated and people cook their food at the table, sort of like a brother fondue.
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I don’t normally make comments on recipes I’ve tried but I feel compelled to do so for this one! This was so so SO good! My kids are NOT soup eaters, they normally groan and pick at it (and leave the table hungry) But this was a recipe the whole family loved. The broth has great flavor and is super versatile. I ended up substituting gluten free ramen noodles since that is what I had on hand. But I can see tofu, shrimp, snap peas…. the kids were dipping anything they could get their hands on in the broth! Even the leftovers were snapped up fast! Thank you for a new staple in our house!!!
Amy, thanks so much for your comment! I’m so happy to hear your kids loved it. Mine do too! They ask for hot pots at least a couple times a month. :)
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I want to make a vegetarian version of this for dinner with a twist of lime.
I love these soups, in the summer, we eat them almost every day.
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What a nice post. I’m Chinese and we do enjoy hot pots. : ) Your version looks scrumptious.
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This is such a tasty looking post! I would love to try something like this some day, soon. Thanks for sharing this!!
I like hot pots, thank you for this great recipe!
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What an amazing experience that must have been…and now you’re sharing part of it (a very delicious part) with us! Thank you for inspiring me!
Should i use some other oil instead of sesame oil? Otherwise the whole recipe is just full nutrition.
You can use any oil you prefer. :)
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Oooooh! I love me some hot pots! I keep meaning to sort myself out so we can do these at our house. Yours looks super yummy :)
I love hot pots! When I spent time in China, this was one of my favorite dinners. I loved the interaction!
I made this tonight and it was sooooo yummy! The only thing I changed was I cooked the noodles separately so I can just heat up the broth and have it tomorrow without the noodles getting soggy. It’s definitely become one of my favorites. Thank you!!
Flavor fiesta! And the pictures are divine!
I like this type of noodles and beans soup. it’s taste amazing.
We have friends from China and Taiwan who love to have dinner parties and serve this. It is so much fun, basically easy and quite the variety of food. And healthy!
These are fantastic! I love Chinese hot pot and how lucky are you to have gotten to spend some time there studying up :) Lovely recipe, lovely post!
Just found your blog! you have some amazing recipes! This one in particular looks so scrumptious!! can’t wait to browse around and bookmark :)
I love the interactive nature of this lovely soup and I totally believe in the restorative powers of soup. Soup isn’t easy to photograph well but you have given us great photos!
The changes to your site look great! and your dish looks fabulous!
IC hope to visit china some day. you are so lucky you got to spend time there :)
This hot pot looks mouthwatering and ur clicks r super:).
Noodle soups are perfect for busy days as they are easy and quick t prepare. This looks delicious.
Thanks for dropping by and for your comment!
I love hot pots, but have never made them at home. Great idea for entertaining! :)
It has been a long time since I last had hot pot. Thanks for the reminder. Your photos look fabulous!
This sounds so good. Even though I have eaten tonight,and I’m stuffed! It is still chilly here and perfect soup weather! I think we will try this one night this week!
I couldn’t agree more w/what you stated about how other cultures honor their food. Perhaps that is one of the reasons we, as Americans, are over weight and unfit! I am fascinated w/the food of other cultures. Maybe some of it will rub off here!
That is SO cool that you did that after high school. I would love to learn Mandarin Chinese, but alas, my brain is too fossilized, lol. And a beautiful dish!
Perfect food for the warmer days! Light and delightfully flavorful.
Oh, I’m so envious that you studied in China for a few months! I never studied abroad when I was in college and now I really regret it.
this soup looks amazing, I love all the wonderful vegetables that you’ve included in it.
I would love to eat 12 bowls of these, please.
Thankyou for your visit and comment. Noodles soup… yummy… i love all noodles!
I like thin noodles these look wonderful
Oh yum this looks delicious, your pictures are gorgeous and are making me so hungry!!
Amazing photos. I love this recipes. Cannot wait to try this.
Love the flavors and the fresh ingredients you have used here in the dish!
This is a beautiful post. I’ve always wanted to know how to do this! Thank you!
mmmmmmmm…i love noodles, and broths, and soups….and lately i am in Japanese “climates” and they have their own noodle soups, too.
My taste (although it isnot possible to find it out from my blog)…
This looks so good! FYI, this would only be glutefree if the broth and soy sauce was gluten free. Most people that have eaten that way for a while are used to those things, but thought I’d share just in case someone new to the diet wanted to try this. I love bean thread noodles and have some in my pantry…might have to try this!
Thanks Alta! My broth is gluten-free for sure because I make it, but I’ll check the soy sauce.
Hey Sommer! You already know I think your Chinese Hot Pots are brilliant – so I’ll just say “CONGRATULATIONS!” Your new site is gorgeous!!! So polished and professional! Happy for ya girlfriend :)
Hi sommers, loved the new look of ur site ! the hotpot looks yumm- wanna try a veegie version of this
I made a vegetarian version of it the other night for my boyfriend’s birthday, and he loved it! I just skipped the chicken and used Better than Bouillon vegetable base in place of the chicken broth. I also added broccoli and cilantro to help fill the space left by no meat. And the rice stick noodles keep until at least the next day if you end up with any leftovers.
This looks so good! Perfect comfort food without a ton of carbs or calories. Wish I had some tonight!
Love your new blog design. Very warm and professional! The soup looks delicious, and the photos are amazing. Congrats on Top 9!
Congrats on Top 9! This looks great. There are a couple of hot pot restaurants in Montreal, but I’ve never been. Good to know I can make it at home!
Congrats on Top 9!!!
Gorgeous photos AND love the color scheme of your new design! I especially enjoy your posts inspired by your time in China, Sommer. The hot pot and veggies look so healthy and delicious! Congrats on the Top 9, too :)
Love the new design. Would like to make my veggie version of this Chinese soup.
This looks delicious! It’s been so cold here lately (and I know that doesn’t even begin to compare to cold in other parts of the US) and a hot, spicy soup is just what we need!
PS: Love the new site! :)
your new site is beautiful!!! I love it, mine is in desperate need of a make over….sigh
your hot pots look so very very good! Perfect for this time of year.
Congrats on the top 9 today!
Oh wow, I love the new blog! GORGEOUS! And the hotpots look delicious. Congrats on top 9!
Congratulation on making it to Top 9
It does look good.
love this…am a big fan of fresh bean sprouts in Chinese cooking. Even bought my own beans to grow my own but have never gotten around to growing any. Will have to visit this recipe again to nudge me into finally giving it a go. Thx for sharing…jealous of your travel adventures!
Very nice Sommer! I LOVE the new look of your blog and your hot pot doesn’t look half bad either! Nice job!
Your site looks so pretty!!!! This hot pot tutorial is exceptional! I have always loved hotpots but never had a clue how to make them and thought they were WAY to complicated. I see they are not. Time is needed to buy and plan – but the execution is fairly straight forward.
Thank you so much!
LOVE LOVE the new look Sommer, so sleek, perfect hot pots, i could really use a bowl of the warm goodness..yummo
have a great weekend!
Ohhh I LOVE the new design :)
wow That looks simply delicious and reminds me of home. :-))
New design looks pretty cool!
Be still my heart. The hot pots looks amazing. And loving the design!
I love the new look of the blog and I’m in love with these Chinese hot pots. So need to make them one of these cold night!
I love fen si! I’ve only ever seen Chinese hot pot done with the communal pot of broth and everybody cooking food and then transferring it to their own bowls using chopsticks, but I think your way is more sanitary among mixed company.
Great new look for the blog!
This looks amazing! I love bok choy and any excuse to use it. I could use a warm bowl of soup right now!
These hot pots look fantastic! Such beautiful photos!
The Hot Pot looks wonderful and I will be making it this weekend. And I love your new website. It is totally beautiful and user friendly. You go girl!
Great new layout! I love the new design. :) I am definitely digging these hot pots! I am putting them on the “must try” list. (We just got a bunch of hot sauces for Christmas…including some great Chile-Garlic paste that will go perfect with this!)
The site looks so good. I really love it.
So cool you got to spend some time in China and learned more about their history and language. You’re so lucky.
Ooh, I can see that my favorite CEO has done a very successful aesthetic/business makeover;-) Quite nice, Dearie! I must say that I’m impressed. Ooh, and this soup looks so good too. I love Asian soups like this, Sommer. It would really hit the spot in this chilly weather too!
p.s. your new id photo is really cute. Me likes…
MMMMMMM,..tasty food, Sommer! What a fab Chinese hot pot!
I also love your new blog! It rocks! I just transferred my blog to wordpress.com Come over & check it out!
Could you also update your RSS? thanks!
Yummie yummie yummie, dear Sommer! What a fantastic & tasty Chinese hot pot!
Congrats on your new blog! It rocks!! I just transferred my blog to wordpress.com. Come over & update your RSS, if you will! http://www.sophiesfoodiefiles.wordpress.com
Oh goodness does this look fantastic! I need a spicy bowl tonight for this cold I got in NYC;) LOVE your new blog look. Fabulous! How wonderful that you got to live in China for a period.