We found a new way to spice up fried rice: add in the flavors of Chinese hotpot. And no, it doesn’t involve cooking your rice in boiling hotpot water. (Wait, can we even do that?) All you really need is some hotpot mix, which you can get in any Chinese grocery.
Although it doesn’t quite taste like actual hotpot (in the sense that you can tell you used a ready-made mix), you still get that Szechuan-spice type heat. Be ready for it, because it comes a little later than expected. The recipe is already pretty filling, but we recommend adding whatever meat, vegetables, balls, etc.—just as you would at a hotpot restaurant.