Salt Flavored Chanko Nabe (Hotpot) With Delicious Chicken Dumplings

Salt Flavored Chanko Nabe (Hotpot) With Delicious Chicken Dumplings

This is for people who are dissatisfied with store-bought soup. The chicken dumplings in this are sooo delicious.

Ingredients: 4 to 5 servings

For the chicken stock:
1600 ml (8 cups)
2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon
Chinese Chicken stock granules
1 1/2 tablespoons
Dashi stock granules
2 teaspoons
3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons
2 teaspoons
Grated garlic and ginger
1 tablespoon each
Ingredients to put in the soup:
Thinly sliced pork loin
as much as you like
Chinese cabbage
as much as you like
The white part of a Japanese leek
Daikon radish
Shiitake and shimeji mushrooms
1 packet each
Enoki mushrooms
1 packet
Thin aburaage
1 piece
Bean sprouts, Chinese chives
1/2 bag each
1 block
Kuzukiri (kuzu noodles)
as much as you like
For the chicken dumplings:
Ground chicken thigh meat
300 g
1 small
White part of a japanese leek and Chinese chives, both chopped
2 tablespoons each
The juice from grated ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons
1 1/2 tablespoons
Chicken soup stock granules
1 teaspoon
2 teaspoons
Salt, pepper
to taste


1. Make the chicken dumplings. Put all the dumpling ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands until it's sticky.
2. Make the soup stock for the hotpot. Put all the soup stock ingredients in an earthenware pot and put on the heat.
3. Cut up all the ingredients into easy to eat pieces.
4. When the stock starts to boil, add the carrots, daikon radish and other hard vegetables, and scoop in bite sized spoonfuls of the chicken dumpling mixture.
5. Put in the rest of the vegetables and the pork, and it's done. Yuzu pepper goes well with this.
6. Ramen noodles for hotpots is a great 'shime' (the last thing added to the pot). Just add them to the remaining soup at the end and cook through.

Story Behind this Recipe

I'm not that happy with storebought nabe soup, and you have to buy a lot of it anyway, so I thought that if I made the soup myself I could save money and adjust the flavor to our tastes too.