- 1 packet konnyaku noodle bundles (see note)
- 500 gm cooked fresh egg noodles
- 200 gm fried tofu puffs (see note)
- 2 boiler chickens
- 2 smoked ham hocks
- 1 kg chicken bones
- 500 gm chicken feet
- 100 gm dried shrimp
- 100 gm conpoy (see note)
- 2 onions, peeled and halved
- 5 spring onions, trimmed
- 6¼ tbsp flaky sea salt
- 95 gm caster sugar
- 200 ml konbu extract (see note)
- 15 raw king prawns, peeled, with heads and tails left on
- 1 kg blue mussels, washed, beards removed
- 1 kg calamari, cleaned, saving the tentacles, tubes scored and cut into 5cm pieces
- 20 scallops
- 500 gm wagyu Scotch fillet, thinly sliced
- 500 gm beef balls (see note)
- 500 gm chicken thigh fillets, cut into 2cm cubes and tossed with 1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp salt and 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 400 gm shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
- 300 gm enoki mushrooms, separated
- 150 gm washed chrysanthemum (tong ho) leaves, including stalks (see note)
- 1 bunch garlic chives, snipped into 10cm lengths
- 3 baby bok choy (pak choi), quartered
- 20 fresh baby corns, halved lengthways
- 1For supreme stock, put the chickens, ham hocks, bones and feet into a large stockpot. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil. As soon as it reaches a rolling boil, drain the ingredients into a clean sink, discarding the water. Wash everything under running water to remove impurities and clean the pot. Start the process again by filling the pot with the washed chickens, hocks, bones and feet and covering with cold water. Bring to the boil. Skim off any impurities that rise to the surface using a fine sieve. Reduce the heat to low and bring to a slow simmer. Add the dried shrimp, conpoy, onions and spring onions. Simmer for about 8 hours, skimming occasionally. Strain and refrigerate. Stock can be frozen for up to a year or refrigerated for up to 4 days. For seasoned supreme stock, bring 5 litres of supreme stock to the boil and add salt, sugar and konbu. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your palate. Keep warm.
- 2Arrange seafood, meats and vegetables on separate platters. Have another platter for the konnyaku, egg noodles and tofu puffs. Steamboat is all about presentation, so be sure to fan everything out neatly on large platters like an abundant feast.
- 3Put stock in a large saucepan that is wide and shallow so everyone can keep an eye on what they’re cooking. Put the saucepan on a portable gas burner in the middle of the table. Turn the burner on high and bring the stock to the boil.
- 4Here comes the fun part: everybody puts what they want in the stock and cooks it themselves. Just be careful not to forget what you’ve put in – the seafood and wagyu beef will take less than 5 seconds. The broth will accumulate more and more flavour as the ingredients cook.
- 5Have a range of condiments for diners to flavour their bowls of broth. Soy sauce, chopped fresh chillies, fish sauce, XO sauce and lemon wedges are all good. Customising your dipping sauce is the best thing about steamboat so everyone should have a bowl and a dipping-sauce ramekin.
Note Konnyaku noodles, fried tofu puffs, conpoy (a dried scallop product), beef balls and chrysanthemum are available from Asian grocers. Konbu extract is available from Japanese food shops; simmer a large piece of konbu in the stock as a substitute. This recipe is from Mr Hong ($49.99, hbk), published by Murdoch Books and has been reproduced with GT style changes.
Drink Suggestion: A light, fresh white with a dry finish – an Australian riesling such as KT Peglidis Vineyard Watervale, Clare Valley. Drink suggestion by Franck Moreau