The scent and scene of the summery outdoors are, of course, the perfect setting for a barbecue party. Indoors, the Chinese use a special tabletop charcoal brazier, the Japanese a hibachi. Your choice of the meat and accompaniments will translate the dish into either language. Watching the food being prepared is part of the joy of eating it, and guests may be induced to broil their own.
Mutton is typical of Manchuria and the northern provinces, but any other broilable meat may be used. The Chinzan so serves pork with the Kobe beef; another good combination might be chicken and liver. This Chinese recipe serves 4 to 6.
2 pounds mutton, sliced 1/3 inches thick (or lamb, beef, pork, chicken, duck, liver)
2 tablespoons Chinese wine (shao hsing) or sake, or any white wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce (light type)
2 tablespoons finely chopped leek
16 fresh mushrooms, or dried mushrooms which have been soaked 15 minutes
2 medium onions, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 pound spring onions, cut in 3-inch lengths
1 pound spinach, cut in 3-inch lengths