😋 How to Hot Pot at Home | DIY Fish Balls, Soup Base, Sauces


In today’s video, we’ll be talking about how to do Hot Pot at Home, and my dad (a Chinese chef of 50+ years) shares his hot pot recipes for Homemade Fish Balls, Soup Base, & Dipping Sauce. This is the final video in our series on DIY hot pot. Playlist: Mega Blog Post: —— Ready-Made Hot Pot Bases Mongolian Hot Pot Style – Sichuan Style -​ Seafood Style – Hot Pot Equipment Strainer ladle: Deep strainer ladle: My parents’ hot pot, with a partition: Instant Pot: Rice cooker: Recipes Mentioned: Steamed Spare Ribs: Chicken Congee Recipe: @Chinese Cooking Demystified’s video on hot pot: Woks of Life blog post on hot pot: —— 🙏 SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL 🙏 If you enjoy these videos and want to support us being able to continue creating content for many years to come, we’d love for you to consider becoming a patron of Made With Lau. 👋 CONNECT WITH US 👋 —— 🍳 COOKWARE WE USE/LOVE 🍳 – Electric Burner: – Non-Stick Wok: – Carbon Steel Wok: – Non-Stick Pan: – Carbon Steel Pan: – Stainless Steel Skillet: – Cookware Set: – 8 Quart Pot: – Cookware Collections: – Pan Protector: – Carbon Steel Seasoning Wax: 🔪 KNIVES WE USE/LOVE 🔪 – Dad’s 40 year old Chinese Chef Knife: – Chef Knife: – Santoku Knife: – Starter Knife Set : – Sharpening Stone Set: 👨‍🍳 KITCHEN ACCESSORIES WE USE/LOVE 👨‍🍳 – Magnetic Knife Strip (storage): – Cutting Board: – Instant Read Thermometer #1: – Instant Read Thermometer #2: – Food Scale: 🍜 DAD’S SPECIAL INGREDIENTS 🍜 If you don’t live near an Asian market, you buy these online / on Amazon: – Sesame Oil: – Light Soy Sauce: – Dark Soy Sauce: – Rice Cooking Wine: – Chili Oil: – Hoisin Sauce: – Premium Oyster Sauce: – Chicken Bouillon: – Shaoxing Cooking Wine: – Chinese Sausage / Lap Cheung: – Dried Shrimp: – Dried Shiitake Mushrooms: – Dried Wood Ear Fungus (a few options, depending on what’s in stock): 🎥 MY CAMERA GEAR! 🎥 – My Workhorse Camera: – My Lens for Wide Shots: – My Lens for Detail Shots: – My Macro Lens: – My Main Light: – My Light Softbox: – My Camera Slider: Note: These links are affiliate links, which means that if you use our links to purchase these ingredients, our family earns a small amount for the sale – at no extra cost to you. If you use these links, we really appreciate the support! —— ⏲ CHAPTERS ⏲ 00:00 – Intro 00:59 – What is hot pot? 02:00 – Preparing fish balls 02:32 – Cutting, mincing, flattening fish 04:21 – Can you use other tools? Blenders? 05:12 – Cutting, mincing, flattening shrimp 06:40 – Mixing fish and shrimp 07:28 – Versatility of fish balls 07:55 – Add flavors to fish balls 10:54 – Mixing and slapping fish paste 11:57 – My dad’s simple soup base recipe 12:52 – Background on soup bases and alternatives 14:24 – My dad’s dipping sauce recipe 16:27 – Equipment for hot pot 17:40 – Randy’s birthday celebration! 20:46 – Reflecting on my birthday wishes —— 💛 OUR FAMILY 💛 Learn more about the Lau family, and why we started this channel + blog: —– 🎵 OTHER CREDITS 🎵 Intro Flute Music – Performed by Daddy Lau Chillhop Music – Overhead Camera Rig built by P.Oak – Chinese Subtitles by Wynee Pan – Images courtesy of Xuzhou Museum .





  1. First time to this channel and newly subscribed. I am not even through with this video but had to stop and comment. The overall quality of this video is absolutely OUTSTANDING. The clarity of the shoot is sharp as a whip. The explanation (although I can understand fully in Cantonese) is in English and Chinese characters. I love how you interact with your Dad and ask him questions and I love that you speak Cantonese…..right on! Your Dad is amazing. Be grateful for everyday and every interaction that you have with him. My father is no longer here so your time with him is definitely a gift. I can see that you put a lot of effort and time in making these videos of great quality. (1:33), you'd even give a preview of the history. You've time stamped them, listed your ingredients and equipment. I am very pleased and thoroughly IMPRESSED!

  2. I’m so glad I found your channel. I haven’t spoken in Cantonese for years since I moved to different state where 95% are white. So I forget a lot of Cantonese and the recipe since there is no Asian grocery around at all. But it took me the first couple years to find one close by. I can now enjoy cooking Chinese cuisine again with the recipe from your channel.

  3. I've learned so much from these videos. That technique on how to slice meat thinly is a meal saver given that I can't find meat that thin in any store within 100 miles. I love food from different regions of China, (and Asia in general) but I live in small town, USA and the little Asian Market 30 minutes away can't pack much in it. It doesn't have fresh meat at all in fact. Learning how to prep the meat and seafood properly from this channel has opened an avenue of home cooked meals I don't have to make a day trip to eat. Thank you so much with sharing this knowledge with people online. I especially enjoy the history given about the dishes in general and your personal experience with each dish. The phonetic and visual language lesson is a huge help on tracking down some of the ingredients in the store that lack an English translation on the packages.

  4. I really like watching all the details in all your videos. I've been wanting to try making a Hot Pot for my family but I'm always scared that is a lot. But watching this video it makes me calm down a bit. Thank you to you and your whole family for these videos, it's so fun to watch. Happy belated birthday!! May you be blessed everyday. 🎉🎂🎈🍨🎊

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  6. Hey Randy. Awesome that you shout out “The Woks of Life” (they’re kind of a competitor of yours!)

    They’re my favorite food blog but they don’t usually do videos. Thank you for these wonderful videos. I love hearing the Cantonese!

  7. I love everything about the Video; the Information provided and the vibe of all people included.

    EXCEPT the very little detail of their moms/parents saying Success instead of Happiness, wishing for the upcoming year.

    just has been an issue i have been talking about extensively lately. the materialistic-kind- of way.

    anyways love the video .

  8. I love all your videos. But this one….. Wow!!! This so wonderful to watch.. lovely family, lovely food, lovely home. Well done, Lau family. The hard work and love for each other are the ingredients and the recipe for this loving family. To this, I sincerely thank you so much for sharing this video. All the best