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Monday, January 5, 2009

sunday night dinner: Lau

for the western new year, buu usually hosts lau at her place. Lau is vietnamese hot pot. i'm so used to eating family style dinners: with multiple dishes in the middle of the table and everyone just picks at it, rather than separate dishes for each individual. Lau definitely embraces that concept. There's a pot of hot broth boiling on a small stove with raw meats, seafood, and veggies surrounding it, ready to be dumped into the soup and cooked right there at the table.


this year, it was hosted by buu's grandparents, poa poa and gum gum. it is always so much fun visiting with them. i arrived early and they tried to teach me how to play mah jong. let's just say that when Tet comes around in a few weeks, there's going to be a lot of smack talk amongst us! :)



so anyway, i wasn't paying any attention to the table set up. i'm not sure if the broth that was used was just regular canned or if buu's mom made it. either way is acceptable. my mom usually makes hers from scratch, also adding in a bottle of beer (but that's a completely different beef hot pot...) there were fishballs already bobbing in the broth.



the first to usually go in are the meats and seafood, they just take a bit longer to cook. we had a selection of shrimp, beef and squid. i tried to convince everyone to do like the japanese and do shabu shabu. i saw it on Iron Chef once, you just swish the beef in the hot broth twice and that was it. it was still too kinda raw tho and no one did it.




next came the veggies, which take no time to cook. we had mushrooms, and various greens: bok choy and watercress and some others that i don't know the western names for. everyone is responsible for themselves and each other. it's just so much fun to eat this style, very homey and familiar.




there was a salty black bean sauce for dipping. i should've asked for the recipe, it was delicious. poa poa made it on the stove, it came out warm and thick.

i heart sundays like that.

today's song: Kristine Sa, Consequence


9 comments:

  1. Mom used regular chicken broth from the can. You can either use the can or make your own if you're that crafty.

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  2. We call this steam boat in Malaysia - same concept with a wide variety of broths.

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  3. Looks like a lot of fun!

    OK, this has nothing to do with the post, but: You were in my dream last night! It was horrible, actually, I gave you cookies at some point, and you brought them to this big party with Deb from Smitten Kitchen and other people from blogs (??), and the cookie had a HAIR IN IT! Everyone was so grossed out. Horrible. LOL!

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  4. my family has hot pot every year too! Although since hub and I were out of town, we had it before Christmas. I love hot pot.

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  5. kim - thanks for letting me know! :)

    maya - thank you so much for stopping by. i'd love to try the malaysian hot pot... i bet the different broths and sauces are wonderful. :)

    shannalee - you're too funny! stressing much about something before bed? but a food-blog gathering sounds so great...

    jen - isn't hot pot just so wonderful? something about the togetherness, sitting around the table and eating and talking...

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  6. Hey Blogger ate up my comment from a few days ago. I said something about loving lau and not having had it in a while. And I didn't know of any other person who listened to Kristine Sa too! :)

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  7. We also did a Japanese Nabe on New Years Day, which is very similar to your dish. We cook with some sort of soup stock, meat/fish & protiens of choice and vegetables like Nappa, Spinach and Crysanthanums! Great for having company in the winter months, and really easy to prepare.

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  8. wc - lau is just so great. i realize that it's only been about a week since i've had it and i'm already wanting it again. and i liked kristine sa so much when i first heard of her that i bought all her albums from amazon or something. i had to support her! :)

    goro - isn't soup stewing in front of you on the dining room table so wonderful? and it is a great item to serve guests and get them involved.

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun!

    OK, this has nothing to do with the post, but: You were in my dream last night! It was horrible, actually, I gave you cookies at some point, and you brought them to this big party with Deb from Smitten Kitchen and other people from blogs (??), and the cookie had a HAIR IN IT! Everyone was so grossed out. Horrible. LOL!

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