With more than 50,000 hotpot eateries, ChongQing is 'China's Hot Pot City' meaning the dish is not just a food, but a lifestyle.
Hot Pot is like ChongQing itself – strong, spicy, in-your-face with a down to earth history. It’s a dish of the native. There are various tales about the origin of the ChongQing Hot pot. One of them is widely accepted. In the beginning of the 19th century, at Chongqing Chaotianmen Wharf, one of the busiest places at that time, the boatmen and porters in winters would take the meat from the butcher and boil them in a spicy brew of chilies and numbing Sichuan peppercorns, afterward dipping the cooked food in condiments, creating a delicious dish that quickly spread throughout the city.
Usually, the taste of food can reflect the attitude and status of life there. As a symbol of food in ChongQing, people in ChongQing have the sense of integrity and embrace the diversified culture. Everything edible can be cooked in hot pot, so hot pot is a must-eat when you come to ChongQing!
Today, hotpot has grown and diversified into a culinary art-food with prices that run that gamut, and choice, fresh ingredients that far outnumber those when hotpot was first born. There are also mild broths available for those that can’t handle spicy food.