Electric Hot Pot

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enameled metal, stainless steel, plastic
14 13/16 × 6 11/16 in. (37.6 × 17 cm)
base: 14 13/16 × 4 15/16 in. (37.6 × 12.5 cm)
lid: 12 3/16 × 1 3/4 in. (31 × 4.5 cm)
This electric hot pot was among a few belongings Paul (Rong) Liou brought with him when he moved from Taiwan to the United States in the early 1980s. Purchased in Taiwan in the 1970s to replace an older charcoal-powered hot pot in Liou's parents' household, the pot became a centerpiece of Liou's kitchen in the United States. The Liou family enjoyed hot pot cooking with friends and family in their Sterling, VA, home during special occasions and holidays, including traditional Chinese holidays like Lunar New Year.
Hot pot or fire pot (or huǒguō) as it is also known as in Chinese is both a cooking method and main dish. It consists of a center soup pot where aromatic broth and/or oil is boiled tableside and ingredients such as meat, vegetables, meatballs, and noodles are cooked by guests at the table. This style of hot pot cooking is also prominent in other Asian countries, including Japan and Korea. In Chinese cuisine there are regional variations, but hot pot cooking is most famous in the provinces of Sichuan and Hubei. For many families, hot pot cooking is a communal experience where friends and family gather around a shared meal.
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