This must be the funnest dinner I have had in a long long time. My friend and I made chinese hot pot and gathered the family around the table for an oriental delight with seafood, meat, dumplings, fish-tofo and fresh vegetables…all going in to the pot of course a little bit at a time!
My good friend Patricia called me yesterday and asked if we had any plans. My friend and her husband play bridge with RennyBA and I, and it has been ages since we got together. She wondered if we wanted to eat together, and of course I said yes. It was just like the good old days. You see Patricia and I met at our Norwegian class. We are both married to Norwegian men and arrived in this strange land less than a month apart. We hit it off quickly in our Norwegian class back in 1999, and have been friends ever since. In the “old days” we would go shopping in the district of town where there is the most asian food, Torggata in Oslo Center (those coming to the Blog Gathering can also visit here) and we would buy some good asian food to make for dinner. I for one love Chinese food, and missed the good food from New York. I always argue we have the best Chinese food outside of China, but of course I may be predjudice. To me at least it tasted like home and I always wanted to learn how to make these great tastes. Patricia lived with her family until she moved to Norway, so she actually hadn’t cooked that much herself but she knew a lot from her mother. So we experimented together and we learned a lot, and had lots of fun too.
Now it is some years later and Patricia has gotten quite good. However you need not be a master cook to make hot pot. Patricia and I went on a shopping trip in the Asian supermarkets and bought lots of delicacies to have in our hot pot. Chinese hot pot is made with a simmering metal pot of spiced stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot either set in to cook for a short time or in small basket spoons (so they don’t sink) and are cooked at the table. Our hot pot dishes were shrimp, scallops, salmon, cod tongue, pork, beef, leafy greens, bitter melon, asian cucumber, fishtofu, tofu, butter beans, several types of mushrooms, tofu, wontons, chinese meat balls and fish patties. The cooked food is then eaten with a dipping sauce. As you can see in the picture it was quite a lot of food. Good thing my two sons joined us for dinner, and I can assure you everyone was stuffed, and no we did not manage to eat it all.
But we sure did have a fun time trying!! Today we were at Holmenkollen Ski Jump and will soon be posting about that, so stop back soon and visit RennyBA for more culinary adventures!