All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.


Yosenabe / hot pot with assorted ingredients

A very light yet satisfying nabe hot pot served with ponzujoyu citrus-flavored soy sauce. One of the first dishes that comes to our minds when finding fresh fish in winter. Add lots of vegetables to make the broth soft yet deep.


200-250 g white fish (rockfish in photo)
1/3 kinugoshi soft tofu
2 leaves hakusai napa cabbage
1/2 bunch arugula
Handful mushrooms (5 shiitake and 1/2 pack shimeji in photo)
40-50 g kuzukiri kuzu noodles or Korean harusame sweet-potato starch noodles (Korean harusame in photo)

For broth
1,000 cc dashi
4 tbsp sake
1 tbsp soy sauce

Ponzujoyu citrus-flavored soy sauce (for serving; not in photo)
10 cm daikon radish, grated (for serving; not in photo)


Boil Korean harusame
Remove from boiling water after cooking a few minutes less than package directions, chill and rinse in cold water, and cut into 20-15cm.

(If using kuzukiri, follow the instruction on package: no need to shorten cooking time or cutting noodles at the end.)


Remove root ends of shimeji and stems of shiitake (save for another use), and make “umbrella” cuts on shiitake (optional).
Cut hakusai lengthwise in half (wide parts into three sections as necessary), and chop crosswise into 3-4 cm.
Chop arugula into 3-4 cm.

Cut tofu into 2 cm thick squares, and sogigiri slice fish at a slant into several pieces.


In a pot, put dashi, sake and soy sauce, and bring to boil.

Add firm ingredients (white sections of hakusai) and some of the ingredients that take longer to cook or that can with withstand more cooking (shiitake and tofu).

Meanwhile, prepare ponzujoyu and grate daikon.


When firm ingredients soften somewhat, add more ingredients.

Serve with ponzujoyu and grated daikon.
Add more ingredients as you eat, and enjoy.

  • Our standard ingredients are: white fish (cod, rockfish, lingcod), soft tofu, shungiku garland chrysanthemum, hakusai napa cabbage, Asian mushrooms (shiitake, shimeji, maitake, hiratake oyster and eringi king oyster mushrooms), carrots and kuzukiri; it basically depends on what we have. As the name indicates (yose in yosenabe is from yoseatsume [“things you’ve gathered”]), you can add anything, including meat (chicken is a popular choice) and shellfish.
  • For people with a citrus allergy, mix soy sauce, rice vinegar and some sake and mirin for a dipping sauce.
  • When using kobudashi (water with kombu kelp), this dish is called chirinabe.

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