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One of the most enjoyable New Year's Eve parties I went to was a hot pot party. The hot pot - an authentic copper firepot - took center stage in the living room. Many people didn't know one another, and coming together around the communal pot was a great way to break the ice. You don't need a traditional Asian hot pot to enjoy this Asian version of fondue, though - regular fondue pots made of aluminum or stainless steel are perfect for heating the hot pot broth.

My 25 Tips for Cooking Hot Pot will help you host your own hot pot party. I've included preparation tips, beverage suggestions, and recipes, from classic Mongolian Hotpot With Lamb to Fondue Chinoise (a basic beef fondue) and a Mongolian Hotpot with Chicken and Shrimp, all with suggestions for dips and side dishes.

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