My idea of hotpot is basically stew or casserole, so when Tim and Manuel wanted to go out for it on our last night in Shanghai I was initially not terribly impressed with the idea. That was until they explained what hotpot is over here in China.
Hotpot is (as the name would imply) a hot pot of soup that is placed on a stove in the centre of the table. You then get plates of thinly sliced meats and vegetables along with bowls of sauces. You grab food with your chopsticks and cook it in the pot before eating the food with the various sauces. It’s a messy but really fun meal and definitely an experience I’ll remember!