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Body Build-up!

January 19, 2017 10:54 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy

Body Build-up!

A dish where highly nutritious meat and vegetables are boiled in a large pot, chankonabe is famous as the dish used by sumo wrestlers to build up their bodies.

Nabe means “Pot” (or a meal simmered in a pot); chanko is the meal eaten by sumo wrestlers. At the sumo stable—the place where wrestlers live and train—there is no hard-and-fast rule about what goes into the pot. Common ingredients are chicken, tofu, and vegetables like Welsh onions and Chinese cabbage, all cooked in a seasoned soup stock.

Japanese cuisine offers a variety of one-pot meals served with rice. Soup stock is heated in a pot at the dining table. Previously cut ingredients, generally vegetables, fish and/or meat, are simmered and eaten around the table. The Chanko-nabe is also prepared and cooked by the sumo wrestlers themselves!

There are basically two kind of flavors; mizu-taki (chiri-nabe) and shio-taki (yose-nabe). Chanko-nabe has been eaten for almost 200 years at sumo gyms.

It is cooked with water and put chicken, mushrooms, cabbages, green onion, and so on. You can add any seasonings such as soy sauce, sugar, or sake so that you can eat different Chanko flavor everyday like sumo wrestlers do.

The Japanese enjoy the camaraderie that comes from gathering around a nabe with family members or good friends, especially when it is cold outside.