Hot Pot

As if the heat from a day on the Great Wall weren’t enough, that night we took everyone out for a Hot Pot dinner.  Hot Pot is a Chinese cooking method that resembles fondu in the west.  Basically there is a common pot of boiling soup in the middle of the table, which everyone uses to boil meat and vegetables.  After the food is finished cooking, diners use their chopsticks to fish it out.  It is a great way to share a meal with family and friends.

Each table seated 8-10 people.

At times, things got a little steamy.

Tian's best friend Wang Jing explained the process to my family.

The restaurant had great service and decor.

Eating took lots of concentration, especially for new chopstick users.

Tian's parents opened some gifts from my family.

Some gifts, like this calendar, had a Minnesota theme. Calendars are traditional gifts in China.

The best spots were near the air conditioner.

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