Hi guys! Today I’ll tell you about my visit to the We <3 Asia event in the Wah Nam Hong supermarket/restaurant in the Markthal in Rotterdam, where I learned a lot about the returning dinner trend: “Chinese Hotpot”!
So, I attended a food blogger event again. Exciting! I learned a lot, met some nice people and I brought along one of my best friends, who is not in the food-related business but who lives in Rotterdam and, like I said, is a real close friend of mine so I enjoyed having her around.
I’d like to point out that even though I was invited for this event, all opinions are my own. I do not receive any form of compensation for writing this blog: I simply wanted to share this with you guys 🙂
Wah Nam Hong
Okay, so Wah Nam Hong is a supermarket chain specialised in Asian foods, vegetables and food-related items. I’d call this supermarket a typical toko: you can find any special ingredient you might need, from tofu to spices, but you can also simply enjoy walking around and gazing at all the “interesting” products they also sell. Wasabi ice cream or frozen duck feet, anyone?
The event consisted of 3 main parts: a tour around the shop, a sort of blind tasting of ingredients (fun! I only guessed half of them right…) and a master-class by Tim Kan, who explained us how to properly use a wok and the tools you should use for this.
I have to be honest with you: I don’t know much about Chinese food. The Chinese restaurants we sometimes visit are very “Westernised”, meaning that the dishes are very different here than when you’d eat them in China. I would be able to name some dishes and often used ingredients, but that’s about it.
So you can imagine how happy I was when I got to learn about the Chinese hotpot. Yay for learning more in different cuisines! The idea is that you create one, or even two, broths in which you prepare your vegetables, meat or fish. You create this broth by using one of the special flavour packages, or by adding different herbs like ginger to boiling water. You cook the ingredients you like in this hotpot, you add some delicious sauce on a base of soy sauce or whichever sauce you like, and it’s ready to enjoy!
I could explain you all about it but I would prefer to try it myself first, and then tell you: this is why I decide to link you to another blog that knows a lot more about this than I do. Continue reading here.
As I mentioned before, I really enjoy visiting events like this and learning more about different cuisines or ingredients. The next time I’ll visit an Asian supermarket I’ll have a completely different view! I’ll be sure to try some of the tips Tim gave us.
I’m actually thinking of trying this at my parents home (are you reading this mom and dad?) because they have the supplies we need and might enjoy a new and healthy way of cooking. Besides, I think it’s very cosy too: normally we eat in about 20 minutes and then we’re all off to do something for ourselves again, but with this hotpot idea we get to spend more time around the table together. Sounds nice, no? It might be a good idea for Christmas too! At least I won’t be so full I feel like I’ll never want to eat again 😉
Ohhhh and last but not least: I don’t want to make you jealous but we received this amazing gift bag. Omg. There’s some things I already use, like soy sauce, but also a lot of new things I can’t wait to try. I’ll update you soon with more recipes and tips!