I am a girl who lives in Los Angeles and loves to entertain. However, feeding people can sure get expensive! Not only that: who has all day to prepare a meal for four or five people? So, in my quest for a cost effective and quick way to feed guests, I have found the perfect meal. Fondue. First acquired from the Swiss in 1960, Fondue was usually served with melted cheese, in which you can dip bread. Now it has become a source for  party desserts, or way to serve a communal meal with meat, veggies, and other cookable items. Fondue sets usually come in three components: A Pot, fondue forks, and a heat source, (whether it be electrical, a candle, or chafing fuel). Most stores carry fondue sets, so just make sure to find the type that will fit your dining needs. The best thing about having a fondue is that it takes minimal preparation and the feast is quite glorious. Below is one of my favorite fondue recipes–so tasty you will want to make a fondue a permanent part of your dining room table.

ASIAN FONDUE

What you’ll need:

1.5 quarts of beef stock (about 5 cans)

1 brown onion, chopped

¼ cup  of fresh ginger, unpeeled

1 bay leaf

½ teaspoon of black pepper

 

Items for cooking in the Fondue:

Pork tenderloin,  diced into thin bite sized pieces

 

Side items:

These items can be precooked and serve as items to dip in the sesame sauce.

Broccoli, steamed

Bok Choy, steamed and chopped into bite sized pieces

Cooked Jasmine Rice

Sesame sauce, or any of your favorite sauces for dipping the veggies and meat

 

To make the sauce:

In a large pot, add the beef stock, chopped onion, ginger, bay leaf, and the black pepper.

Place the pot on the flame and bring to a boil.

Turn heat down and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

Take off the flame and use a strainer to strain contents until pot is 2/3 full. Be careful as not to burn yourself.

Make sure the temperature is up to 375º (use a digital thermometer if you have one) before so that the meat will cook at a sufficient heat.

Cook the meat to your liking and enjoy!

 

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