Hup Kar Foh Wor (Happy Reunion Hotpot)
A hotpot or steamboat is customarily eaten by Northern Chinese families for Chinese New Year. The gathering of kith and kin around the circular cooking vessel reflects family unity and the warming of family ties. Most families usually prepare six or more different ingredients for their hotpot meal, to showcase the bountiful abundance of the sky, land and sea.
There is symbolic meaning for each food that goes into the pot, and popular choices include prawns to represent happiness and liveliness, fish for abundance and surplus, pork for strength and wealth, greens for prosperity, mushroom for flourishing prospects, eggs for fertility and reunion, and noodles for longevity.
Here’s a simple recipe to prepare Hup Kar Foh Wor this Chinese New Year.
Note: Substitute any of the hotpot ingredients according to your own preference. Remember not to overcrowd the pot with too many ingredients at one go. Have extra stock available to replenish the hotpot as the meal progresses. Noodles and egg should be cooked last, to enable these ingredients to fully absorb the flavourful stock.This recipe was first published in Flavours magazine.
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