Each Asian culture has its own New Year’s tradition. In Japan, the Nabe pot often makes an appearance. The process takes a little time, but that is a part of the celebration–taking time with family and friends. The nabe stock is made from mushrooms soaked overnight and the soup is then heated and served at the dinner table with fresh vegetables. Feel free to vary the vegetables to your tastes. Just lovely.
Nabe Pot (Japanese New Year's Soup)
Nabe pots soups that are heated and served at the dinner table as part of Japanese New Year traditions.
For the stock. Soak shiitakes overnight in 4 cups of water.
Strain water in a pan, bring to boil and add in chicken bones, reduce heat to medium.
Skim stock as scum rises up to the surface. Simmer stock until it reduces one third.
Cut chicken and salmon into bite sized chunks. Boil these in 2 cups of water with 1 T. sake for 1 minute. Drain immediately under cold water.
Clean and remove shiitake stems.
Make the nabe
Pour stock into a clay (donabe) pot or sukiyaki pot and place over table top burner.
Add remaining sake to stock and bring to boil.
Add the daikon and carrots and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
Add in prawn, salmon and chicken and bak choi, simmer for about 5 minutes
Ladle soup into individual bowls and garnish with a little lime and bean sprouts.
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