I tried a store bought one for the first time about a year ago and became hooked..I haven't been able to find a recipe for them, so I am soo happy that you posted one!! I can't wait for my next paycheck so I can try to make them!
I know, I just noticed that many Chinese people kinda hype some of their food (for instance 火锅 too) and then I'm a little disappionted when I find out that it tastes okay, but not totally amazing. It is just my opinion.
Yes, it is only your opinion, i am sorry you find it not totally amazing. In addition I don't really know what is "totally amazing" in your translation.
for Chinese families, having hot pot means so much more just the food itself. it means gather around the table, enjoying a meal that comes out of the same pot, unity i guess is the word i am looking for. to me that's totally amazing.
I'm from Switzerland, there we've got something similar to hot pot called raclette. It's also a very special meal you only eat with the whole family. And you've got a hot stoneplate at the middle of the table where you can cook small raw foods. I know what meaning you are talking about. I did not intend to talk the Chinese food down. If I did then I'm sorry.
I think the things you know from home just always are the best meals, no matter where in the world one's home is.