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Woo, this is very cold winter, isn’t it? I heard it would be snowing in the south of England next weekend. I am so excited!! In such a cold day, I can’t help wanting “nabe” which is one of the most traditional Japanese culture in winter. Nabe is a kind of hot pot which has many kinds of vegetables, meats and seafood in soup.
The thing that makes nabe culture so special is the style we enjoy it. When we have one, we share a big pot with your family or friends. In Japan, having nabe together means you have a good relationship with them. This is why first year uni students often hold nabe party to make new friends!
Although there are many kinds of flavour for nabe, today, I would like to share my favourite recipe of soya milk hot pot which I made for the party last week. This is quite healthy and you can make it suitable for vegetarian or even vegan.
[Ingredients] for 4
- 1L of soya milk
- A few pieces of dried konbu
- 400g of water
- 2 tbspoons of sesame oil
- 2 tbspoons of soya sauce
- 1 tbspoons of sake (white wine is fine if you do not have any)
- A few pinch of salt
- 1 tbspoon of sesame seeds
- Pork (if you would like)
- Chinese cabbage/savoy cabbage
- 300g of Udon noodles
- A teaspoon of grated ginger
- Leave dried konbu in the water over night. (Konbu make lovely stock in the cold water.But if you do not have time, you can just put them in the water and start to boil it immediately. This is not the best way, but you can still have konbu stock.)
- Boil the water in a big pot.
- Add 600ml of soya milk and keep cooking until it starts to boil.
- Add soya sauce, sake and salt.
- Cut pork into pieces you like.
- Chop vegetables into pieces you like. I recommend to cut into tofu quite big pieces, otherwise they will break int the soup and you will never see them again! Do not add udon noodles yet!
- When all the vegetables are cooked, add 1 tbspoon of sesame oil and sesame seeds just before you serve.
- When you finish almost all ingredients, add 400g of soya milk and udon noodles and heat it up for 10 minutes again. We call this style “shime” which means “finally end”.
- Add ginger and 1 tbspoon of sesame oil.
- Serve again.