Chongqing Hot Pot is the “top of the top ten cultures” in Chongqing. If you like spicy food, then Chongqing Hot Pot is your first choice. The characteristic of Chongqing hot pot is “spicy”. The secret of spicy is the Chaotian red pepper of Chongqing Shizhu. Chaotian red pepper has reached the highest spicy level (10 grade) and spicy grade (very spicy), which is one of the hottest chili peppers in China. It is the highest spicy level with the world's hottest Indian Naga jolokia and the most spicy Hainan yellow pepper in the country.
ChongQing Hot Pot
The reason why Chongqing hot pot is favored by Chongqing people is also due to the local climate in Chongqing. Chongqing has a mild climate and belongs to the subtropical monsoon humid climate. It is located in the basin topography, especially in the winter when the climate is relatively humid. It needs to use spicy to drive away the cold in the body. The spices like pepper and sea pepper are both warm and wet. Therefore, Chongqing's like to eat spicy things has a lot to do with the geographical environment and climate.
Chongqing is located at the junction of Jialing River and Yangtze River, while Chaotianmen is facing the confluence of the two rivers. Legend has it that in the late Ming and early Qing Dynasties, boatman trackers at the Jialing River and Chaotianmen docks in Chongqing boiled some Dishes together in a pot for convenience of eating, accompanied by Chongqing's famous Chaotian chili pepper. Perhaps this is the embryonic form of chafing dish. During the reign of Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty, Qianlong hosted more than 500 hot pot banquets in the Forbidden City During the reign of Jiaqing in the Qing Dynasty, the emperor of Jiaqing once set up "Thousand-Man Banquet" with over 1500 hot pot banquets.
The development of Chongqing hot pot has also experienced an innovative stage, from the traditional red soup hot pot to the current Jiugongge hot pot, hot pot, seafood hot pot, medicated hot pot, fish head hot pot, etc. If you don’t eat a hot pot in Chongqing, then The equivalent is not coming, so no matter what the purpose of your visit to Chongqing, you must try the hot pot.