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Mar 4, 2005
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HOT POT lovers

Question for all you hot pot lovers out there:

What do you use for hot pot at home? I've heard of people using rice cookers but I'm not sure if that will maintain the heat. Any suggestions as to where I can pick up a good hot pot set (preferably electric and not gas)? TIA....
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gqboy1 wrote:Question for all you hot pot lovers out there:

What do you use for hot pot at home? I've heard of people using rice cookers but I'm not sure if that will maintain the heat. Any suggestions as to where I can pick up a good hot pot set (preferably electric and not gas)? TIA....
at any Asian mall (ie. P-mall) and you should able to find electric or gas stove at those houseware store pretty easily.
Simple is nice.
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Yeah go to any Asian home houseware you should be able to find some. Don't use your rice cooker..i think it will be bad for the coating that lines the rice cooker pot.

I find that it is better to use the gas one, it heats up faster than electric. 4 pack of gas canisters only cost like $3.99 thats like, 1 dollar for a can.
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sorry, i only know about regular pot :(
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I have in fact done it with a rice cooker before back in the university days. It wasn't one of those nice fancy rice cookers. Just one that was old, but working. It was slow compared to the regular gas stove thing that you can buy for cheap these days. But we had very limited resources back then so that was the the last resort
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for the ppl who use gas.... how long does one of those butane gas last? Is it good to go through one sitting??
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gqboy1 wrote:for the ppl who use gas.... how long does one of those butane gas last? Is it good to go through one sitting??
about one and a half sitting
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hmm we have an electric-powered wok at home and it worked quite well as a hotpot :) guess the coating would be bad...

otherwise, any regular pot plus a single range burner would do well! (canadian tire has them)
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and I love to make my own dipping sauce...beats all the packaged ones...simple too... grinded garlic + salt + sesame paste + bit vinegar + chive paste + sesame oil....finally a bit soup from the pot...yummy!
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the burners are sold at the big chinese supermarkets, such as TNT or Big Land Farm, they are pretty cheap, i think like $20-30...maybe even less...
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I've found that deep fryers work really well for hotpot because they have enough power to quickly heat up the water. The only downside is they do need to be plugged into the wall.
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gqboy1 wrote:for the ppl who use gas.... how long does one of those butane gas last? Is it good to go through one sitting??
I got into the hot pot thing a few weeks ago, bought the portable gas burner/grill? from T&T on sale for $19.99 and bought a 4 pack gas canister for $3.99.

I've used it twice so far and its great! I am still on the first gas canister. So I guess 1 can can last at least 2 meals.
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stay away from those gas ones, they blow up! I know 2 family personally where this happened, one kid was badly burned. It's not worth the risk!! Get a single electric stove, they go for about $20 you can't go wrong.
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Besides using it for hotpot, those propane burners are great for camping.

Whereas Crappy Tire sells those green propane bottles for $4 - $5 each, the ones you get from Chinese supermarket is much cheaper. The stove is way cheaper too. Last I checked, a Coleman stove is $50. The hotpot stove is $25.
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eelfliw wrote:Besides using it for hotpot, those propane burners are great for camping.

Whereas Crappy Tire sells those green propane bottles for $4 - $5 each, the ones you get from Chinese supermarket is much cheaper. The stove is way cheaper too. Last I checked, a Coleman stove is $50. The hotpot stove is $25.
yeah.. the bottles at chinese stores are like 2.99 for 4..

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