Chef Huang of HAN Restaurant in Hartford makes traditional Hot Pot dish

(WTNH) — Chef Huang and manager of HAN Restaurant Sophie Fu break down a traditional Szechwan cuisine.

HAN Restaurant in Hartford is Connecticut’s first and only traditional Chinese Hot Pot spot.

The dish originated in the northern part of China as a way to warm up in cold weather.

The concept of Hot Pot is similar to the fondue experience. Instead of dipping food in melted cheese, the food is cooked in a flavorful broth.

There is a variety of foods the customer can choose from including beef, chicken, fish, vegetables, and even tofu.

Chef Huag was a notable celebrity chef in China. He decided to move to the United States to share the savory Hot Pot tradition.

Here is Chef Huag’s recipe for the Chengdu hot & spicy Soup broth.

You will need:

1/2 cup pre made House Special Szechuan Sauce (including: chili pepper, scallion, ginger, sugar, vegetable oil, spicy broad  bean sauce, pickled black bean with ginger, varieties of herbal ingredients simmering together for 2 hours)

6 pieces of dry chili pepper
3 cuts of scallion
3 slices of ginger
2 tea spoon of Szechuan Pepper
1/2 tea spoon of fennel
2 pieces of star aniseed
1/4 tea spoon white pepper
1/4 tea spoon sugar
1/3 tea spoon of salt
2 pieces of bay leaves

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