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Chinese fondue

Chinese fondue

Everyone loves Chinese fondue because it’s so simple to make! Follow this guide for some great ideas on how to host the perfect fondue night!

VARY THE POSSIBILITIES, MAXIMIZE THE FUN!

Originally from the Far East, Chinese fondue has become a western classic for nights spent with friends. It’s convivial, quick to prepare, and easy to customize! Your IGA supermarket has a few great ideas for a successful supper . . . guaranteed!

Choosing the right broth is critical

Choosing the right broth is critical!

You can opt for store-bought broth and serve it as is, or get creative and add your own personal touch!

  • Vegetables: garlic, green onions, pearl onions
  • A touch of herbs: a bouquet garni, chives, basil
  • A bit of a kick: red or white wine, Tabasco sauce, ginger
  • Spices: mustard seeds, cumin, paprika, curcuma, cloves  
  • For more ideas, click here!

Quantity: For four people, prepare approximately 1.5 to 2 L (6 to 8 cups) of liquid.

Gourmet tip: At the end of the meal, keep any leftover broth and use it to make soup or sauce. Add a bit of wine, a handful of chopped vegetables, garlic, fresh herbs and you’re done! You can also cook any leftover meat in the broth and use it to make scrumptious sandwiches.

Health tip: Usually, homemade broth contains less sodium than store-bought broth.

WHAT TO SKEWER AND DIP

Surf and turf ideas

Surf and turf ideas

  • The classics: beef, chicken, shrimp, scallops
  • Or try something a little different: duck, bison, kangaroo, pheasant, camel, rabbit, ostrich, guinea fowl, calamari, sausage, charcuterie

Make it healthy: Get your dose of omega-3 by adding some fatty fish options to your fondue. Think salmon or trout.

Have leftover meat? We have some great tips for you here!

Vegetarian option: Serve small cubes of tofu. For added flavour, marinate your tofu a few hours before serving.

Quantity: Approximately 200 g of meat or fish per person.

One-of-a-kind tip: Offer your guests something original by serving bites of firm-fleshed fish that won’t fall apart when cooked! 

Gourmet tip: Wrap a piece of meat around a piece of firm cheese, like Doré-mi or Haloumi. Trust us—you’ll love it!

Top-quality meat

To elevate your fondue game, opt for Sterling Silver beef, a premium cut of meat that is aged for at least 21 days. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how tender and flavourful it is. Dip thin slices of this meat in a delicious homemade broth for juicy, melt-in-your-mouth bites!

Vegetables

Vegetables

Opt for colour and variety!

  • Greens: broccoli, asparagus, bok choy, sweet peas
  • The classics: baby potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, carrots, peppers
  • Or try something a little different: cherry tomatoes, baby corn, zucchini

Quantity: Prepare approximately 250 ml (1 cup) of vegetables per person.

Cooking tip: For a more pleasant texture, blanche the broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, and zucchini. Cut longer vegetables, such as asparagus and bok choy, into small pieces that are easy to skewer. 

Sides

Sides

Sauces: There is a nice variety of sauces available in your local grocery store, but you can also make your own!

  • Yellow curry and ginger: plain yogurt, yellow curry, green onion, ginger, honey, sour cream
  • Red pepper and pine nuts: roasted pepper purée, pine nuts, paprika, saffron, Cayenne pepper, garlic, olive oil, fresh parsley, lemon juice
  • Asian: peanut butter, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, spicy sauce, fresh cilantro, sesame seeds

Quantity: Approximately 80 ml (1/3 cup) per person

Gourmet tip: Offer your guests a sauce from each category (spicy, sweet, and sweet & sour), that way you have everyone’s tastes covered!

Bread

Bread

Serve up golden bread with a thick crust, such as a classic or sprouted-grain baguette, so that your guests can soak up all that rich broth. A baguette is ideal because it can be cut in small chunks, allowing for a bit of crunch in every bite!

Quantity: Approximately one large baguette for every 4 guests.  

Gourmet tip: Vary the flavours of your baguette according to your guests’ tastes. Just before your guests arrive, make a few diagonal incisions on the top of the bread, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with Parmesan and your favourite fresh herbs. Next, toast the baguette in the oven for a few minutes and serve warm. 

be a thoughtful host

To avoid any cross-contamination, separate any food that requires cooking from those that can be eaten as is. For example, make sure the chicken doesn’t come in contact with the vegetables, seeing as it requires a longer cooking time. 

a winning combo: wine and fondue!  

Opt for a robust white or a medium-bodied red, depending on your preference!