What exactly is Japanese hot pot?
Typical hot pot ingredients are negi (green onion), hakusai (cabbage), mushrooms and other hardy vegetables you can find in fall and winter, and your choice of seafood or meat to create an incredibly rich and satisfying soup. The broth that is used to cook all the ingredients in the pot is usually used as the soup base.
According Just a cookbook, popular hot dishes are: Oden, which uses fishcakes and seaweed. Sukiyaki, known for its thinly sliced beef and noodles. And Shabu-Shabu, which contains both red meat and seafood and involves a special citrus ponzu sauce.
You can enjoy nabe all over Japan, but specific hot dishes are more popular in the region. So if you ask for nabe in Fukuoka, Japan, you’ll probably get motsu-nabe which has pork, chili peppers and noodles, like Savor Japan points out. But, if you were to visit Kyoto, Japan (considered the cultural center of the country) you would find the common Hot Yudofu, which highlights the soft and delicate nature of tofu, according to Atlas flavor.
Hot pot is an amazing way to share a delicious dinner with friends. It’s easy to make, affordable, and you can customize it to your liking.