A traditional dish when you visit China in the winter is Hot Pot. Pretty much everybody tries to take you to their favorite Hot Pot restaurant. So no choice for me.
In Qingdao, a gorgeous coastal city in northern China, I enjoyed Hot Pot with my friend David. Many different flavors, from red hot chili to mild chicken stock form the base of this enjoyable dinner.
After ordering the type of soup you would like to have, you then visit the section of foods available.
Depending on the city or region that can vary widely. In Qingdao, of course we had to have some seafood as well as veggies and meats. Not the most appetizing display as you can see in the images. But as they say, "when in Rome.....".
We ordered "LOVER'S HOTPOT", which is a split version of chicken stock (for girlies) and a hot spicy chili beef stock (for real guys). Then you drop the ordered meats into the stock of your choice, let it boiled until done. A variety of sauces for dipping, if you think of it, the concept is very much like Fondue. Just bigger varieties.