Meals concern much more than giving you nutrition. It is also associated with love, security and happiness. A steamboat party helps to maintain and also build rapport. Feasts, across all cultures, are occasions where important values are reinforced and communicated. House feasts vibrate with beautiful thoughts of hospitality, family and comfort. They are also occasions where you can re-enact the domestic narrative.
All for family
A steamboat is undoubtedly a family dinner. This Chinese hotpot can be simply described as a boiling pot placed at the table center. Every family member puts in their own choice of raw food and then patiently waits for it to cook. The activity is time consuming and there are a lot of waiting involved. It is natural that the family members will discuss everything under the sun while they wait. Family bonding is thus guaranteed.
This act of bonding with food is more than therapeutic. It is seen that people who bond together over food perform better both in their professional and personal life. The steamboat provides a much better exercise of creating a well balanced mind compared to pricey management practices. The intimacy overflows back positively into all spheres of life. Eating together has a number of irreplaceable benefits.
From a science perspective, eating together can be termed a type of social glue. This is important in the hectic lives of today. It is no wonder that many companies are following suit, with money being spent on cafeterias as a good investment. All such concepts are simply extrapolations of the home family life bonding. The negative is also true: family members who do not participate in steamboat activities are found to be less performers-both professionally and at the personal level- compared to their family members who are regular participants in such activities.
It has been consistently found hat steamboats are central to any family gathering. Even if a member has some appointments later in the day or in the night, that person will often eat two dinners or lunches- one with his friends and then one sitting around a steamboat with family members. It is also a matter of social embarrassment when the person who did not join in the steamboat function was asked why he did not participate in the gathering.
The steamboat also performs another function: it can also be a gateway to new experiences as the contributors put in food they like and the others can taste the food. A whiff of new cuisines come to the palate and can be an excellent bridge between the generations. Any new taste derived from the pot will soon be communicated to others within or outside the social circle- and thus in many ways, the generational gap can be bridged. There is also a rising chance that such new additions to the age old steamboat menu will be photographed and uploaded to social media- thus resulting in more cultural confluences.