Hotpot or steamboat is the practice of cooking raw food in a pot of boiling broth. The broth , or also known as soup, keeps simmering while diners dip raw meats, seafood, vegetables and noodles into the pot, and the cooked food is then eaten with different types of sauces. This practice gives everyone a chance to interact and socialize at the dining time.
Introducing Country Pots, a steamboat cuisine that offers delicious and healthy menu sets. You can enjoy dual steaming bowl of soup with various flavors, such as tomyum, miso, chicken, or milk (Mongolian) soups. You can ask for unlimited refills too. There are also a variety of desserts and soda beverages to complete your meal. Their good and friendly service just makes you come back for more.
Despite its popularity, there are many people who are unable of the right practice and might eat it wrongly. This explains why many tend to suffer from a stomach discomfort such as bloating, indigestion and diarrhea after the steamboat session. Thus, before you suffer the consequences of hotpot, follow these 6 tips from Country Pots on how to enjoy a healthy steamboat meal with your loved ones and friends.
Tip #1 Choose Fresh Over Processed Foods
Did you know that you could ruin your steamboat with sub-standard ingredients? The freshness of the food items you put into the broth will affect the flavors and textures of your cooked food. If possible, choose fresh over processed food items. Leaving processed foods like fishballs, meatballs and sausages in the soup to boil for a long time is strongly not encouraged. Such food are high in nitrites and sodium, and it might increase the amount of unhealthy chemicals consumption. By choosing fresh over processed foods, you’ll get to appreciate the natural and original taste of the sliced meat through this simple method of cooking. The ingredients you choose will speak for themselves.
Tip #2 Cook Only What You Want To Eat
Many people often fall into this trap by putting in raw items to boil and taking out anything from the pot as long as it’s cooked. They continue to eat from the pot while there are pieces of raw meat still cooking in the broth. We should pay attention to what is cooking in the pot and don’t take anything out until the raw foods have been cooked. This is the reason why you shouldn’t throw all the meat and seafood into the pot all at once. Cook only what you want to eat, one piece at a time.
Tip #3 Mix and Match your Own Sauces
We naturally bring on all the sauces, the more, the merrier! But instead of using all those ready sauces that are packed with sugar, salt and artificial flavorings, we can always request for fresh-cut chilli, fresh minced garlic, chopped peanuts, fresh spring onion and fresh coriander. Mix and match these condiments to your liking, then add some soy sauce or sesame oil to create a crunchy, flavorful and healthy dip.
Tip #4 Don’t Overcook Your Noodles or Rice
If you would like to finish your steamboat meal with some noodles or rice, don’t forget to skim off the fat floating on the surface of the soup before cooking the carbs in it. As the surface of the soup is made up of fat and coagulated protein, it is not advisable to consume your soup or carbs with them. You shouldn’t overcook your rice and noodles in the soup for too long as it is now high in nitrites. It might add unnecessary burden on your kidneys to flush them out.
Tip #5 Avoid Drinking Too Much Soup
If you think that leaving the soup to boil continuously is just like drinking a healthy double-boiled soup, you’re wrong! Continuously boiling your steamboat soup increases its nitrite content. As for the soup scum – scoop it up and throw it away! This unsavory frothing on top of the soup surface is made up of fat and coagulated protein. Always skim this off!
Tip #6 Hotpot Doesn’t Mean ‘Eat Everything While It’s Hot’!
Lastly, we used to have the misconception that we should eat everything while it’s hot. Well, slurping down scalding, hot soup and food might be ‘syok’, but that’s not going to do your health any favor. Studies have shown that eating foods that are scalding hot has been linked to an increased risk of Oesophageal cancer, which is the difficulty of swallowing – feeling that your food is sticking in your throat or chest. Since no one is rushing you to finish up your meal in 15 minutes, it would be wise to wait for your food to cool down a little before you eat them, meanwhile you can relax and catch up with your family and friends.
Bonus Tip: Do not to skip on the cheaper ingredients such as vegetables, noodles and rice, as well as not to overload yourself on meat and seafood. You might feel you’ve gotten a good deal at the steamboat buffet, but the truth is, you’ve probably chalked up way more calories than if you had gone for a more balanced selection.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Country Pots at Damen Shopping Mall and enjoy a healthy steamboat buffet with your family and friends! You can also earn 5% Loyalty Points from your total bill!
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