First of all, I can't really say which country first thought of the menu. But seems like most Asians love hot warming soup. And I'm definitely one of them. But then it seems like hot pot wasn't actually meant to be eaten for the soup but more like Asian Fondue. But I like keeping the soup 'edible' by itself too. I tried eating it at a restaurant before and the server was serving out our food from the pot right from our table and when she stepped away, I secretly got some extra broth in my bowl. But then she poured it back into the pot!!!
Please don't take my soup away! I don't care how the hot pot is meant to be eaten. I love soup!
So I decided that home's the best place to eat my hot pot, my way! (It's expensive anyways to eat this at a restaurant).
We used all the sauces, veggies, and meat we like and interpreted our own hot pot from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese? who knows what's going on...embracing the love of all different cultures ?!?!
Feel free to explore since I don't know the limit of this hot pot.
But one thing... if you are like me and enjoy eating the soup of hot pot as well... BE CAREFUL what you put!
For one shrimp or one meat slice can totally change the taste of the soup.
If you just like getting only the stuff to be cooked and just dip them with sauce, I guess you are more free to put whatever you want since you don't care much about the soup itself.
Whatever it may be enjoy!
Here's what we put on ours...