A much anticipated post here and with these cold winter nights Nabe is just what is needed for most of them. You can get such variety for Nabe soups. For those of you who don’t know what a Nabe is, it’s basically a hotpot. Vegetables and meat or fish simmered in a soup in a clay Nabe pot. Very easy to prepare and beautifully social with the little gas burner often in the middle of a family or group of friends, cooking, eating together and staying warm. The clay pot keeps the dish warm and usually rice or Udon noodles are added at the end. There are so many different kinds of soup bases you can have in your Nabe pot, from kimichi, sesame, tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, miso to name a few. From an earlier post for homemade nabe meatballs, I had promised to try a yuzu soup base and I’m pleased to say it turned out well. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit, somewhere between a lemon and grapefruit and if you don’t have any near where you are I think a combination of other citrus fruits would work equally well.

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