After having Chanko Nabe you’ll feel the power of a sumo coursing through your veins, for sure!
Most of us are aware of hot pots that are made in many Asian countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, Phillipines, Cambodia, Taiwan and Japan. This particular hot pot has its roots intricately tied with Japan or more specifically, with sumo wrestling. Sumo wrestlers prepare Chanko Nabe as a part of their weight gain diet and it is nutritious as it is filling. Every sumo stable or sumo wrestler has their unique way of making Chanko and their pick of ingredients that they put into the broth. Some add seafood, whereas some stick to chicken and pork. But what binds each sumo wrestler is their collective love for this traditional dish, and they all make sure to have big bowls of Chanko Nabe along with a mountain of plain white rice after a grueling session of sparring and workouts.
Chanko Nabe is no joke! It is a dish made for pro athletes and it is made in huge quantities to suffice the nutritional needs of a depleted sumo wrestler. Many ex-sumo wrestlers open their own Chanko restaurants after they retire simply because they love it so much and they want the general public to have a taste of their unique Chanko Nabe that they’ve enjoyed having time after time over the course of their careers. As professed earlier, every Chanko Nabe is unique and dissimilar to one another, but the building blocks to a Chanko Nabe consists of clean, unprocessed, food items that results in a well-balanced toothy meal fit for a giant individual’s appetite. Tons of vegetables are thrown into the roaring broth, along with clean protein like chicken thighs, fish fillets, cuts of pork belly and meat, and even seafood like prawns and crabs. There are meatballs too made from minced chicken that are cooked in the broth and furthermore, there’s noodles that load up the carbohydrate content of the dish.
Here’s a humble attempt at writing a recipe aimed at recreating a Chanko Nabe that’ll be fit for any sumo wrestler, even the one lying dormant inside you.
Chicken Broth (to be made beforehand)
Chanko Nabe Broth
Chanko Nabe Ingredients
Chanko Nabe Broth
Feel free to take a long, extended nap after this meal as per sumo tradition. When you’ve woken up, you’ll feel the power of a sumo coursing through your veins, for sure!