Hmm. Actually this doesn’t really qualify as a recipe. But I like its versatility. So I make it a recipe :p
Stovetop Birthday Hotpot
For when you don’t feel like dressing up on your birthday
Step 1: chance upon delicious-looking pork shabu-shabu slices the day before.
Step 2: go to your local supermarket and buy stuff that looks very fresh, healthy and cheap. Cut everything up into bite-sized pieces. We bought giant leeks, spinach, needle mushrooms, pumpkin, and mee sua. Plus a Thai coconut for dessert 🙂
Step 3: make a lazy man’s stock – vegetable stock cube, dash of mirin and a generous scoop of miso paste
Step 4: Cook what you like, the way you like it!
Step 5: Eat around the stove and work up a good sweat. Go crazy dipping food into sauces you love. We had a creamy goma sauce, and ponzu + sesame oil sauce for the pork slices. Delish.
Step 6: Finish up the last bowl of tasty hotpot soup, burp loudly and declare, “It is good”.
Step 7: If you’re like me, blog about the great meal you just had. If you’re like Finance Minister, take a nap :p