Sadogatake Chanko-Nabe Miso-Aji (Sumo Style Pork Hot Pot)

READY IN: 1hr 20mins


  • 2 12
    teaspoons dashi (instant flakes)
  • 1
    lb fatty ham, thinly sliced
  • 3
    tablespoons sake
  • 2
    tablespoons mirin
  • 3
    tablespoons red miso
  • 3
    tablespoons white miso
  • 1
    medium carrot, trimmed, peeled, sliced crosswise on the bias, and blanched
  • 1
    piece daikon radish, peeled, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise, and blanched
  • 1
    medium waxy potato, peeled, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise and blanched
  • 1
    medium yellow onion, peeled, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise, and blanched
  • 10
    ounces firm tofu, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 8
    shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and caps halved
  • 2
    ounces enoki mushrooms, trimmed
  • 1
    (2 7/8 ounce) package fried tofu, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces (abura-age)
  • 14
    head napa cabbage, cored and cut into large pieces
  • 1
    bunch chives
  • 4
    cups steamed short-grain rice (optional) or 1 lb udon noodles (optional)
  • 2
    eggs, lightly beaten (optional)


  • Bring 10 cups cold water to a boil in a wide medium cooking pot over high heat. Add dashi flakes, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring until flakes completely dissolve, about 1 minute.
  • Add pork, sake, and mirin to dashi and simmer, skimming any foam that rises to surface, until pork is tender, 15-30 minutes.
  • Dissolve red and white misos in 1 cup broth from cooking pot in a small bowl, then stir back into cooking pot.
  • At the table, set cooking pot on a portable stove in center of table and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Add carrots, daikon, potatoes, onions, firm tofu, mushrooms, fried tofu, cabbage, and chives, in that order, and simmer until vegetables are just soft, about 5 minutes. The hot pot is now ready to be eaten "self-serve" style in medium bowls.
  • (Optional) Once all the pork, vegetables, and tofu have been eaten, use a small sieve to pick out scraps. Bring remaining broth in cooking pot back to a simmer, then add rice or noodles and stir in eggs.
  • Simmer until broth is absorbed by rice, about 5 minutes, or until noodles are cooked through, 6-8 minutes. Divide between bowls.