Nabe American Style

One of my favorite things to eat in the winter here is Nabe (gnaw-bay).  When the Japanese make it, they use a special pot on a portable burner on the table.  I make it like American stew.  If you are Japanese, you might not want to read this post.  If you do, you will know that I need help!  😉

The first thing you need to do is buy your broth.  This is already prepared and there are many flavors.  My favorite is the one on the right.  Japanese would never mix 2 different broths, but I am American and we do things like that…

The next thing you need is a good meat.  You can use anything.  Shrimp, beef, chicken, meatballs, sausage, etc.  I chose a nice pork.  The Japanese buy the meat shaved, a little thinner than bacon.  This pork was a good price without a lot of fat, so I am cutting it up like stew meat.  The Japanese would never do this, but I am American and we do things like that…

Next, I put the meat and some diced onions in the dutch oven with a little oil and saute until the meat is cooked.  When this is finished, I add the broth and bring it to a boil.  The Japanese add the meat to the boiling broth.  Since it is shaved thin, it cooks instantly.

Next, I slice and dice vegetables.  You can add anything you like.  I am using shitake mushrooms, red pepper, carrots, cabbage, potatoes and kabucha (acorn squash).  The Japanese would not dice or use kabucha, but I am American and we do things like that…

Next, add all the veggies to the Dutch oven with the boiling broth.  Stir, put on the lid, turn down the heat and simmer until the veggies are tender.  That’s all there is too it!

When the Japanese make this, they arrange it so very nice (no stirring) in the pot on the portable burner as in the diagram below.  They all sit around the table and take what they want out of the pot  and place it in a bowl and eat the veggies and meat with chopsticks and drink the broth.  It’s nice and cozy, but I don’t have a portable burner or a Nabe pot and I am American and we don’t really do things like that…I will say that when I am at a restaurant or someone’s house and I eat Nabe this way, it makes me feel all nice and warm inside!

This is the most delicious “stew” you will ever eat!

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