Chong Qing Chicken Pot is chicken cooked with onions and spices in a claypot. It comes fully cooked ready and to eat with rice/noodles and other dishes. But because the chicken pot has so much flavor, after the chicken is eaten, broth is added to turn it into a hotpot(steamboat, shabu shabu).
Or you could do what I do, which is to turn it into a hotpot immediately. First as soon as the chicken pot arrives at the table, I pick out all the chicken pieces and have the wait staff add soup stock to it. While the soup is boiling, I order hot pot like items to be cooked into the chicken pot. I prefer veggies such as wintermelon, corn, fried tofu, napa cabbage, because they absorb all the flavors of the broth and spices.
Be patient and let the soup simmer for 3-5 minutes to get the full flavor of the soup before dumping any of the raw items in. Check out the chicken pieces I stashed on the left hand side of the picture.
This is what the pot looks like with all the ingredients dunked in. I generally order just veggies to put into the hotpot but you can also order beef/pork/lamb/fishballs etc. Cook them to your desired firmness for vegetables. Most meat and seafood only takes a minute or two to cook in the pot when the pot is boiling. As for the chicken, I dip my chicken into the pot to warm it up before I eat it. It has a different flavor from all the other items in the pot which is why I like. I order my chicken pot medium spicy. Do not order the spicy if you are a first-timer!
I always have to drag hubby there since he is not a fan of spicy food or hot pot. I really enjoy this and try to have it once a month. Be sure to give this a try if you like spicy foods and if you like to try new cuisines.
In Hong Kong you can or the Chong Ching chicken pot at: 來來重慶雞煲, 11/F, Kyoto Plaza, 491-499 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay. 2891-9017. Opens at 6pm-2am daily. Reservations are highly recommended especially in winter. There is no English name of the restaurant as it is highly local. There are other locations scattered around Hong Kong, but the Causeway Bay location is the easiest to find. It is right across the street of the Causeway Bay MTR, SOGO exit.
Other points of note: (1) The restaurant has English menus, which is weird as it does not have an English name. (2) Quite clean as well.