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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