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It is done within eight minutes, not needing hot water nor electricity. But is it tasty? We tried it out for you.

It is done within eight minutes, not needing hot water nor electricity. But is it tasty?

Instant hotpot became all the rage in China in 2017. All it takes is a self-heating one-time-use hotpot product, some (cold) water, and you’re ready to go. But these kinds of prepacked hotpots can’t possibly be tasty, or are they? We reviewed it for you here!

Due to a chemical reaction, this hotpot heats itself; when the water is poured over the heater pad, the heater releases enough heat to warm up a pre-cooked meal 100 degrees in approximately 10 minutes.

As explained by @pampueror on Twitter, it’s a military technology. Developed in the US in the 1990s, Flameless Ration Heater (FRH) technology is a water-induced exothermic chemical that acts without a flame and is quite safe on land.

The brand reviewed in this video is the Yumei Instant Hotpot (与美自煮火锅), vegetable mala flavor. It is sold on Taobao for just under 20 yuan. But there are many brands selling these kinds of hotpots. Check on Amazon for multiple options (although often sold in bulk), or your local Asian supermarket.

This is just our very first video for Hotpot Ambassador, so please bear with us and subscribe to our channel for more hotpot videos in the time to come.

By Manya Koetse

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