13-tonne hotpot served at Chongqing hotpot festival
People attend the 9th China Chongqing hot pot food festival in Jiangbei District, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Nov. 9, 2017. More than 360 companies related to the hot pot business took part in the festival which kicked off on Thursday. (Xinhua/Han Ye)
CHONGQING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Standing 1.06 meters tall and weighing 13 tonnes, a giant hotpot with a diameter of 10 meters was set up Thursday at a festival in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, the birthplace of the hot and spicy stockpot of mutton, beef and vegetables.
The two-flavor hotpot, provided by one of the biggest hotpot restaurants in Chongqing, can serve 56 people at a time, according to Li Dejian, president of the Chongqing Hotpot Association.
More than 60 hotpot restaurants have set up outdoor tables along the banks of the Jialing River during a four-day hotpot festival. The feast can serve more than 10,000 diners at a time.
The festival also features a collection of hotpot utensils and pictures detailing the history of the cuisine.
"While eating hotpot, I hope people can learn about hotpot culture and history in this city," said Li.
Chongqing hotpot was invented by local boatmen and dock workers around the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The dish was made of meat, hot peppers and ginger in a big pot of boiling oily soup, making it an ideal food to dispel the cold and damp.[ Editor: meng ]