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Tachiyama Chanko-Nabe (Beef and Chicken Hot Pot)

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“This nabe recipe is from the restaurant Tomoegata, which specializes in chanko nabe (sumo wrestler's stew).”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (2 7/8 ounce) package fried tofu, cut into large pieces (abura-age)
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 14 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 medium waxy potato, peeled, quartered lengthwise, sliced crosswise, and blanched
  • 1 piece daikon radish, peeled, quartered lengthwise, sliced crosswise, and blanched
  • 1 small carrot, trimmed, peeled, sliced on the bias, and blanched
  • 1 leek, white part only, trimmed, washed, and sliced on the bias
  • 14 head napa cabbage, cored and cut into large pieces
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed
  • 4 ounces shimeji mushrooms, trimmed and separated
  • 4 ounces fresh burdock root, trimmed, peeled, and shaved into long thin strips
  • 10 ounces grilled tofu, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces (yaki-dofu)
  • 12 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into thin strips
  • 7 ounces bok choy, root part trimmed
  • 12 lb prime rib roast, frozen then thinly sliced
  • 1 lb udon noodles


  1. Open abura-age and place in a colander. Pour boiling water over deep-fried tofu to remove any excess oil. Allow to drain.
  2. At the table, set cooking pot on a portable stove in center of table. Fill with chicken stock, add soy sauce and mirin, season to taste with salt, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Divide remaining cooking ingredients, except noodles, into thirds. Keep chilled until ready to cook.
  4. Add about one-third of the potatoes, daikon, carrots, leeks, cabbage, mushrooms, burdock, grilled tofu. chicken, fried tofu, and bok choy to simmering broth.
  5. Cook until vegetables begin to soften and chicken is just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add about one-third of the beef.
  6. Simmer until just cooked through, about 1 minute. Serve cooked items to guests.
  7. Repeat with second 1/3 of the cooking ingredients.
  8. Repeat with remaining third of the cooking ingredients.
  9. Once all the vegetables, tofu, chicken, greens, and beef have been eaten, use a small sieve to pick out scraps. Bring remaining broth in pot back to a simmer, add noodles, and simmer until cooked through, 6-8 minutes. Serve in individual bowls.

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