It is said that people in ancient times called hot pot “antique soup” because they found that when a piece of food was thrown into the water, it would make a thud. Hot pot has a long history, but definitely not as long as barbecue.
In the Paleolithic Age, people had already started to eat barbecue, because there were really no good eating utensils at that time.
Later in the Neolithic Age, people invented pottery and learned to cook food with pottery tripods. This one-pot stew is the prototype of the earliest hot pot.
Later, in the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the aristocracy began to use bronze tripods instead of pottery tripods for cooking, but ordinary people could hardly afford them.
During the Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties of the Three Kingdoms, copper pots gradually emerged. People found that this kind of pot has a thin outer wall, heats quickly and is extremely light. It is simply the best kitchen utensil for cooking meat. Creative people also invented the five-cooked pot, which is to separate the inside of the pot and use it to cook different foods. It is the ancestor of the mandarin duck pot.
Generally speaking, hot pot was not very popular in that era. It was not until the Song Dynasty that hot pot gradually matured. At that time, there were already ways to eat hot pot. Not only can you eat at your own home, but you can also go to restaurants outside. .
In 1984, a tomb mural was unearthed in Aohan Banner, Chaowuda League, Inner Mongolia, which showed three Khitan people cooking mutton around a hot pot, which also shows that the northern people at that time liked hot pot mutton up.
It was during the Ming and Qing Dynasties that the hot pot was really developed. Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty was a die-hard fan of hot pot, and he became addicted to eating hot pot.
In the first year of Jiaqing, as the Supreme Emperor, he held a Thousand Hands Banquet in Huangji Store, where more than a thousand hot pots were set up, more than five thousand people were invited to eat, and more than three thousand poems were composed during the period.
With the development of hot pot up to now, different places have formed their own different hot pot cultures, but there is basically a consensus that the bottom of the pot is equal to the soul.