We started with homemade chicken broth...made by Brandon of course. We put it in a hot pot (a pot that you can control the temperature manually while it is on the table). This broth came from the bones of a Costco rotisserie chicken. Brandon added onions, celery, and carrots to flavor the broth and then drained it afterward. He probably added pepper to taste... and maybe salt? I don't know. Anyway, it was SUPER good broth.
We bought some meat from H-Mart. The beef was thin-sliced...as was the chicken. You don't want to have cuts of meat that are too thick or else there is a chance that it won't cook enough and you will get sick! I also sliced some boiled eggs for extra protein. I know, the whole tin-foil thing doesn't look too pretty, but we just kept it like that for clean-up convenience.
Then, we had a huge plate/platter of vegetables. We had sliced savoy cabbage, separated bok choy leaves, sliced red cabbage, baby spinach leaves, broccoli, enokitake mushrooms, and zucchini slices. Brandon's mom said watercress would have been good too, so we will try that next time.
This is what it looked like before we started. Basically you have this stock boiling in the middle of the table... or should I say... simmering. And then you just add whatever soup fixings you want. We also added some Sriracha sauce and spicy Vietnamese chili sauce to our broth since we love a spicy taste. PS... that cute little tea set we were using was a gift from my dad when I was 15 years old. I still have the whole set and love to use it on special occasions.
Ignore my eyes creepily glowing in the camera and the open dishwasher.... I was absolutely thrilled - and I mean THRILLED - to eat Hot Pot at home. Also, notice I am wearing the Lana Lang kryptonite necklace... :-) I had a picture of Brandon too. He was eating his soup and that picture showed off his muscular arms nicely. HAHA but he made me promise I will not post that picture.
This is what it looks like when it is cooking. We had some lovely pure Jasmine tea with our meal, but I wish we had also served it with tall glasses of ice-cold lemon water!
Long story short, it was amazing.
As for the rest of life... school is hard, but not so bad as last quarter. I am taking a Japanese class, economics class, and an Accounting class. I have not gone out with too many friends lately, but we have had a few cool people move into our church and have had a chance to get to know them. I got a gelish manicure! I absolutely love it. My grandmother from South Africa finally moved in with my parents in Utah, so that is awesome. Lastly, I am going to Disneyland this week! I can't wait to get away, since I really need a vacation. Work has been making me so stressed lately. Although I feel blessed to have a job I can't wait until school is over so I can work somewhere that I am more passionate about. My current job is perfect for life at the moment, but it is definitely not what I want to do for the rest of my life. Anyway, I had better get going! xoxox
~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son