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Mushroom, Pork Belly, and Tofu Hot Pot (香菇火腩豆腐煲)

Mushroom, Pork Belly, and Tofu Hot Pot (香菇火腩豆腐煲)

This comforting dish is a staple in Chinese cuisine, combining hearty ingredients in a savory broth, perfect for colder days or family gatherings. Here’s a recipe to make this delicious hot pot at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


For the Hot Pot:

  • 300 g pork belly thinly sliced
  • 200 g fresh shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 300 g firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 piece of ginger thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 500 ml chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Ingredients:

  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Chili peppers for extra heat
  • Additional vegetables like baby bok choy or bell peppers


Prepare the Ingredients:

  • Clean and slice the shiitake mushrooms. Set aside.
  • Cut the tofu into cubes and blanch in boiling water for about 2 minutes to remove any bitterness. Drain and set aside.
  • Slice the pork belly into thin strips.

Sauté the Aromatics:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a clay pot or a deep skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic, ginger, and half of the green onions. Sauté until fragrant.

Cook the Pork Belly:

  • Add the sliced pork belly to the pot and stir-fry until it starts to brown.

Add Mushrooms and Tofu:

  • Include the sliced mushrooms and stir-fry for a few more minutes until they begin to soften.
  • Gently add the tofu cubes to the pot, being careful not to break them.

Season and Simmer:

  • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth. Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, and Shaoxing wine.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Sprinkle the remaining chopped green onions and optional cilantro over the top.
  • If you like a bit of spice, add chopped chili peppers to taste.
  • Serve hot, directly from the pot.

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