Friday, November 22nd was Asian Cultural Awareness Club's (ACA) last event for this semester: Hot Pot Night.
|Hot pot table for vegetarians|
Hot pot is a dish that is eaten mostly in East Asian and Southeast Asian countries believed to have originated in Mongolia. Typically, there is a pot with boiling stock in the middle of the table and people put raw vegetables, meat, and various types of food ingredients into the pot and wait until the food cooks. Hot pot is definitely one of my favorite foods to enjoy in the winter, so this event made me very excited!
|Members getting various food ingredients|
When the guests arrived they were welcomed with a boiling pot of either chicken broth or vegetable broth and a table filled with meats and various vegetables. Each table shared one pot and together the table members would agree on what meats and veggies they wanted to eat before putting them into a pot. The various foods blended together with the broth, creating a delicious soup enjoyed by all.
Hot Pot Night was a time of mouth watering foods, but I also found it a great opportunity to meet other members of ACA. The tables were round, allowing all to participate in conversation with people they might not have talked to before. Personally, I met two new people, one was a member of ACA that attended our meetings on a regular basis. However, as a result of helping to run the meetings, I hadn't had a chance to get to know her. The other had not attended ACA events in the past, so it was a great opportunity to not only get to know a new friend, but to talk to people about how amazing ACA is.
By the end of the night, I was freely conversing with everyone at my table, joking, laughing, and most importantly, eating. It is one of the few events that ACA hosts that allows not just the members, but people on the eboard to sit back, relax, and enjoy excellent food and great company.
If you are interested in getting involved with ACA and want to attend future events, check out the information below:
ACA General Meetings: Every other Tuesday at 7pm-8pm in the ICC.