Don’t double dip
One of the most important rules of hot pot etiquette is to never double dip. This means that once you have dipped your food into the communal hot pot, you should not dip it again. This helps to keep the hot pot clean and hygienic for everyone to enjoy. It’s also important to use your own utensils when transferring food from the pot to your bowl, rather than using the communal utensils.
Be mindful of cooking times
When cooking your food in the hot pot, it’s important to be mindful of the recommended cooking times for each ingredient. Overcooking can lead to loss of flavor and texture, while undercooking can be dangerous. Check with your host or server to get an idea of how long each item should be cooked for, and make sure to keep an eye on your food.
Don’t waste food
Hot pot is a communal meal, which means everyone shares from the same pot. It’s important to take only what you can eat, and not to waste any food. If you are unsure how much to take, start with a small portion and go back for more if you are still hungry. Additionally, try not to leave any food in the pot at the end of the meal. It’s respectful to finish everything that has been cooked.
Don’t drink directly from the communal soup ladle
While it may be tempting to drink directly from the communal soup ladle, it’s important to resist the urge. This can spread germs and bacteria, making others uncomfortable. Instead, use your own bowl or cup for drinking soup, or ask for a separate ladle to use.
Be respectful of others’ dietary restrictions
Hot pot is a versatile meal that can accommodate a range of dietary needs. However, it’s important to be respectful of others’ dietary restrictions. If someone at the table is vegetarian or has a food allergy, make sure to keep the meat or allergenic ingredients separate from their portion of the pot. It’s also helpful to alert the host or server ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions of your own.