Tishue, Jessica. “Healing Hotpot.” 2021
Jessica Tishue

Written by cookandculture | Edited By: Aditi Khandelwal & Carol Coutinho

February 10, 2021
Hot Pot is one of the best meals for staying warm and cozy during these chilly winter months. If prepared right, it is one of the best meals for staying healthy too. That’s why I teamed up with Chinese Medicine Doctor, Justin Ehrlich, to bring you a Healing Hot Pot Recipe that will boost your immune system and nourish your soul.

What is a Healing Hot Pot?

A Hot Pot is much more than a dish, it is a unique experience everyone must try at least once in their lifetime. It is a way to eat like royalty , slow things down a notch, and have a custom food experience with some of your favorite people. 
Healing Hot Pot Fondue
Think of it as a delicious Asian-style fondue. While a savory broth gently simmers in a pot atop a burner at the center of the table, gorgeous plates of vibrant food slices are arranged all around.
 One of the joys of preparing Hot Pot in your home is that everyone has the freedom to easily create their own custom food experience, without having to prepare multiple dishes.
Given the communal style of eating and its warming ingredients, Hot Pot meals have been known to bring people closer. To read the full article, download our digital magazine.
Justin Ehrlich has been a California state licensed acupuncturist since 2002 with more than 20 years of practical experience and expert training. He specializes in a variety of healing modalities including: Classical Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Tui Na and Shiatsu and Dietary Therapy among others.
Inspired by the strength and beauty of the human spirit, Justin is committed to helping his clients awaken their healing potential and unlock their true purpose. He has experience working with patients both virtually and in person to heal chronic digestive issues, autoimmune diseases, PTSD and unresolved trauma, as well as uniting clients with their spiritual and life path.
Justin Ehrlich

How to make the Hot Pot Broth?


For enhanced health and well-being, Justin Ehrlich recommends that you consume the medicinal broth just like tea on a daily basis. For convenience, he encourages making a big batch of broth, freezing it in small containers, and heating it up at your leisure.

To order the herbs you can email Justin. These specially formulated herbs will cost around $20. Anyone taking warfarin or on blood thinners should consult your doctor first prior to consuming the herbs in this recipe.

– 2 bay leaves
– Dang Shen 30 Grams
– Mi Zhi Huang Qi 30 Grams
– Yu Zhu 20 Grams
– Rou Gui 6 Grams
– Long Yan Rou 15 Grams
– 1-2 leeks or 1 onion roughly chopped
– 1 teaspoon celtic grey salt or Himalayan pink salt
– 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
– 10-12 whole peppercorns
– 2 star anise
– 1-2 carrots, roughly chopped. Garlic to taste, typically 4-5 cloves
– 3-4 slices of ginger
– 4-5 dried shiitake mushrooms {Formulated Medicinal Herbs to Help
Boost Your Energy & Immune System}
– 2-3 pounds of organic raised bones (chicken, duck, beef, oxtail, lamb,
pork, chicken feet, pork knuckles)
– 3-4 quarts or liters of water (or enough to cover the bones in the pot)
Hot Pot Broth


1. Place the bones in a slow-cooker or large sauce pan on the stove, and splash with vinegar.

2. Fill pot with COLD water to cover (warm water will make the broth cloudy)

3. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Skim off any scum that floats to the surface during this time. (If you’re using a slow-       cooker: set it on “low” and let run for 10-24 hours. If you’re using a pressure cooker set it for the appropriate amount of time)

4. Once the broth has come to a boil and you’ve skimmed off the scum that floats to the surface, you can add the vegetables and spices   and let the broth come back up to a boil.

5. Now, turn the heat down to low and let the broth simmer (covered) for 12-36 hours, depending on the types of bones you’re using.

6. If you’re adding Chinese herbs to your broth – add these during the last 2 hours of cooking. – (You can also choose to add your vegetables at this time rather than the beginning of cooking)

7. Once cooked, allow the broth to cool slightly and then pour through a strainer.

8. Next add to your hot pot atop your burner at the center of your table.

9. If you are not consuming your broth right away, once cooled, refrigerate your broth immediately. (After cooling the broth, you can easily remove the solidified fat on top with a spoon, as per preference)

Once you have prepared your broth, next come your dipping ingredients and sauce.

Slice your raw ingredients as you would if you were adding them to a soup. Next, place them on small dishes around the simmering pot of broth. Only add a small amount of food each time and cook what you plan to eat.

“The main idea of the cooking order is to add the ingredients that take the longest and let them cook for a while, then we tend to add the meats and some vegetables, and move more and more towards vegetables as the broth becomes richer and more flavorful the longer it cooks. Usually the meal is finished by adding noodles and then having a bowl of noodles with the rich broth at the end.

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Spring Roll
Hot pot ingredients

Hot Pot Sesame Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp shoyu sauce
  • 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce (this is a bit on the spicy side- cut to 1/2 or 1/4 tsp depending on your preference)
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onions
  • 3 tbsp of Tahini
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


1. Add ingredients to a food processor, Vitamix, or high-speed blender. Blend until well mixed and ground into a paste.

2. Transfer contents to a bowl and serve at the dining table alongside your Hot Pot and other dipping ingredients.

Sesame dipping sauce
 A special connection is fostered when you sit around the Hot Pot, talk, and share stories, similar to relaxing around a campfire and roasting marshmallows to make S’mores. It’s the perfect meal for eating with a group of friends or family, or for hosting a dinner party or potluck. However you Hot Pot, we are excited to see.  Share with us your Hot Pot recipe on our Instagram handle @cookandculture!

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