ZOOM Cooking Class: Mid-Autumn Hotpot
UAN hosts cooking classes for members in order to demonstrate how cultures from around the world prepare tasty and nutritious meals that support health, wellbeing and a sense of community. Stimulating our taste buds as well as our souls, these fun and educational experiences leave you fulfilled in more ways than one.
Click here to see pictures from our first class, which was held prior to Covid-19.
For our members safety, current classes are held virtually. Our very first Zoom class, hosted by UAN Education Director and Gourmet Chef, Ha Phan, features a traditional Asian dish:
Mid-autumn is a long-awaited celebration in Vietnamese culture. It’s when the weather cools down, trees change colors, the moon is at its fullest and brightest in a year, and farmers reap what they planted in the spring. In the high spirit of mid-autumn, Vietnamese people like to gather around hotpot meals full of warmth, natural aroma, and vibrant colors to share delicious food and a good time.
Hotpot is a metal pot of simmering broth that sits atop a burner in the center of the table, while plates of prepared spices, vegetables, starches, sea food, and raw meats are arranged all around it. Ingredients are added, typically carefully paired together to maximize nutritional and medicinal health benefits, to the boiling broth to cook, then scooped out using fine-mesh spoons. A hotpot meal is a uniquely communal dining experience and may last for hours.
For this mid-Autumn hotpot, Ha simplified the traditional hotpot recipe to include ingredients that are beneficial from a nutritional and health perspective, and at the same time, easy to find at local grocery stores.
Some of the medicinal health benefit this mid-Autumn hotpot offers are:
- Activates your senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch)
- Enhances soothing feeling (rice paddy herb, natural aroma and warmth of the hotpot)
- Supports joint comfort (turmeric and tamarin)
- Boosts the immune system (garlic, onion, turmeric, bean sprouts, celery, pineapple)
- Promotes digestive health (turmeric, garlic, pumpkin, celery, okra)
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