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  • Hello, I'm Ray!

  • Hi, I'm Logan!

  • Today we're going to have some hot pot!

  • Today is another English Corner video,

  • so don't forget to turn on the subtitles!

  • You'll find the Chinese translation there.

  • -Our special guest for today is Logan! -Hi!

  • -First of all - Yeah

  • -小貝 Welcome to my house -Thank you

  • Welcome to our feast.

  • It's a beautiful place with beautiful food.

  • I mean, look at all of this food!

  • 100% great.

  • So, first things first.

  • Can you talk a little bit about yourself and your channel?

  • I'm 小貝 or in English, Logan Beck.

  • And I'm from America, Utah

  • And I moved to Taiwan one year ago,

  • and since moving here, I decided

  • Taiwan's actually a great place.

  • The food, the people, the culture,

  • everything about it, I love it.

  • So now I make lots of travel videos, lots of eating videos,

  • and I'll just do lots of fun stuff with that where

  • I take my family, my wife, and my son with me.

  • You know, the first time that I watched your video

  • It was the one where you were eating

  • I think spicy noodles with your wife.

  • And then after that I kind of binge-watched a couple

  • of you travelling.

  • I think you're kind of like the travel guru.

  • You go to all sorts of places.

  • It kind of shames me to say this,

  • I think you've been to more places in Taiwan than I have.

  • You know, I've noticed that with most Taiwanese people,

  • so don't feel ashamed,

  • I go to lots of places.

  • So I thought, why not invite you over,

  • and we can try the hot pot,

  • we can go over all the common ingredients in English,

  • and we can eat!

  • I'm totally down with that!

  • I love hot pot!

  • Let's first start by going through all the different ingredients.

  • So, first off,

  • we have some veggies here.

  • The cabbage, some uh...

  • What do you call that?

  • Bell peppers?

  • Some bell peppers, and some red peppers.

  • And then over here we have the meat, so we prepared...

  • And it looks wonderful!

  • Beef and pork.

  • And then here we've got seafood.

  • There's the clam...

  • scallops...

  • Okay!

  • ...and squid!

  • Okay!

  • And these are prawns.

  • What's the difference between a prawn and a shrimp?

  • You know, I'm gonna be honest here,

  • I'm not a seafood guy.

  • Now, if I remember though,

  • prawns are gonna be, normally a bit larger,

  • and where they are kind of living.

  • And over here we got some rice cakes with

  • Tofuhow do you call this? Tofu skin?

  • You know, I don't know.

  • Tofu skin.

  • -Tofu skin I guess -Yes

  • So I guess you would say dried bean curd skin.

  • Right, and over here we got more vegetables.

  • This is the Taiwanese lettuce.

  • This is the Taiwanese lettuce.

  • Here are some varieties of mushrooms,

  • and finally we have this whole bowl of

  • hot pot ingredients.

  • We've got some fish cake,

  • we got some taro,

  • and all sorts of dumplings.

  • Do you eat this?

  • Oh this?

  • The black one?

  • Oh, the black one!

  • This is the pig blood's cake.

  • Oh yes, pig blood's cake.

  • These are all the more common ingredients that you see in a regular Taiwanese hot pot.

  • One major thing that we do with our hot pots is the dipping sauce.

  • Oh yes.

  • So here we have different things for the sauce.

  • So garlic, green onions, chili, and soy sauce.

  • This is what we call a Bullhead barbecue sauce.

  • This is a must-have for Taiwanese hot pot.

  • Out of all these,

  • which ones do you want to try first?

  • Okay, I am a meat fan.

  • Okay.

  • I'm a hardcore carnivore.

  • If we can just like throw some meat in there...

  • and then these!

  • I'm a big fan of these, too.

  • Enoki mushrooms.

  • Enoki mushrooms, yup.

  • These, they're kind of...

  • they're hard to digest.

  • Yes.

  • So...

  • I learned them in Chinese as "明天見" (lit. see you tomorrow).

  • Yeah yeah yeah! See you tomorrow, right right right!

  • So I eat this and these guys,

  • they're gonna be there tomorrow.

  • Just a great like little memory of this great meal.

  • Let's open...

  • Today we have a pot with a separator in between

  • so that you can contain two broths within one pot.

  • This is the Sichuan pepper broth,

  • and then this one usually we have a chicken broth,

  • but this time we have a pork broth.

  • Let's throw it in!

  • Yeah, whatever amount you want.

  • Ok, that will do for now.

  • On goes the lid.

  • So while this is cooking,

  • I thought we could

  • chat a little bit about the cultural differences between America and Taiwan.

  • The first question that I really wanted to get off my chest:

  • "Have you ever had hot pot before you came to Taiwan?"

  • -Yes, I did, yes. -Really?

  • There was a time when I went to China for a while, and I had it there.

  • But have you ever had it in America?

  • -Uh yes -In Utah?

  • Uh in Utah, no.

  • But I lived in DC for a while and there I met with lots of Chinese people,

  • so over the time I had hot pot quite a few times.

  • You had hot pot in America.

  • Was it in a Chinese hot pot restaurant?

  • Uh no, they actually don't have any restaurants,

  • I don't know one restaurant.

  • Is there?

  • Almost every single time it was out of the house, just like this.

  • Really?

  • I think in my hometown,

  • there's one place there and for all-you-can-eat,

  • which is not even many options,

  • it's, let's see, going to be 25 dollars.

  • That would be equivalent to... 800塊 (800 dollars).

  • That's not too bad, I think.

  • But then the quality was really bad.

  • So like the options weren't like many,

  • the meat wasn't the most fresh,

  • base of the soup wasn't that good either,

  • so for 800 hundred dollars, it wasn't...

  • -Oh, that's not worth it -Yeah

  • So you don't have a lot of hot pot restaurants in America

  • It depends where you go

  • Where I'm from there's not a large Asian community

  • But if you probably go to San Francisco, LA

  • there'll probably be quite a few hot pot places but

  • nothing like Taiwan.

  • Yeah 'cause in Taiwan,

  • I think every other shop is a hot pot shop.

  • So it's something that Americans,

  • we don't really know about,

  • and it's not in our culture.

  • So actually what I like to do in my videos I'd like to introduce hot pot

  • just so I can show my friends back at home

  • how wonderful this thing is.

  • We'll have some places where it's called "fondue,"

  • Fondue! Okay, yeah!

  • Which is basically hot pot, but you don't use as extreme foods as this,

  • and most people use a chocolate fondue.

  • Yeah, chocolate fondue!

  • Where it's basically just chocolate

  • and you just dip things in it.

  • Another big reason why we don't have hot pot is

  • 'cause Americans, we like to get it all cooked all at once

  • and then eat it all.

  • Hot pot, I mean if you look at it in a Taiwan sense,

  • it's less of a meal,

  • more of a conversation.

  • And Americans we like to pound down food and leave the table.

  • For us to go have hot pot, it takes a long time.

  • So we'll have big soups

  • where you put lots of stuff in the soup,

  • but it's already cooked, all done,

  • so you could just grab your big spoon and boom boom and eat.

  • So it's not like, slowly add slowly add.

  • I agree completely.

  • It is as much a meal as a social gathering.

  • Number one rule of hot pot is that

  • you don't eat with people you don't like.

  • Yes.

  • It'll be a bad three hours.

  • That means I like you.

  • Oh yes, thank you!

  • I feel honored.

  • I think this is about ready.

  • Let's check it out.

  • It looks like the prawns have changed colors.

  • Okay, wow!

  • This is looking good.

  • Gorgeous.

  • So let's eat!

  • I am so excited for this.

  • What I think is really special about 麻辣 (Sichuan pepper spice),

  • it's one that's not initial, but will carry on the more you eat.

  • And it almost numbs your mouth or 麻 (numbing),

  • so I think that's my favorite part of hot pot,

  • 'cause it's something so different than American food,

  • 'cause you've got this 麻辣 in there.

  • The spicy's getting to me!

  • You want more meat?

  • This is actually a solid hot pot.

  • Great broth and the meat's very fresh and the vegetables,

  • definitely up there in the best ones I've had.

  • Okay, so we've had our fill.

  • We ate most of the food here,

  • but we didn't finish everything and

  • there's too much.

  • My mom prepared too much.

  • Well, I mean, we still have a few hours.

  • Maybe at night and for supper and for tomorrow's breakfast.

  • What did you think of the meal?

  • You know, I'm actually very impressed.

  • This is really good.

  • The spicy flavor was unreal and I love the... it was pork, right?

  • The pork was like actually one of those sweet kind of pork.

  • There was a nice, soft taste that actually went very well with all the vegetables.

  • What's your favorite ingredient?

  • Besides the meat!

  • Oooh okay, well besides the meat, I got a few.

  • The enoki mushrooms.

  • These are really good.

  • I think so because they hold lots of the spice.

  • -Because they soak up all the water -That's true, yeah.

  • And it just gets a really good taste in there as well as all the lettuce.

  • -I think the key point is 'cause the broth is good, -Yup

  • that compliments the ingredients

  • to make them better.

  • So it's kind of like they play together.

  • But really the broth is one of the most important parts.

  • It's a foundation of the hot pot.

  • So what is your favorite thing?

  • Well since I can't eat meat,

  • my favorite thing would be, I think, the seafood.

  • I'm really a seafood guy.

  • The prawns did really good for me.

  • Especially when you cook it in this spicy broth,

  • 'cause it doesn't take up a lot of the spiciness.

  • It's just fresh.

  • Scallops and squid,

  • they're just fresh seafood.

  • I think as long as the seafood is fresh and it's cooked in a good broth,

  • it just clicks immediately.

  • My least favorite it would be all these.

  • The hot pot ingredients.

  • I don't like processed food that much.

  • Something that I don't like in every single hot pot,

  • they put these.

  • The fish cakes where it's colored and

  • it's just artificial.

  • It seems artificial to me.

  • I just like my food to be natural like

  • like that.