Basic Soup Base for Lightly-Flavored Hot Pots

Basic Soup Base for Lightly-Flavored Hot Pots

I use this soup base all the time for my family's hot pot meals. It's very lightly flavored! Please use this soup base for other hot pot meals, such as those with duck, giblets, chanko (chicken base), pork shabu-shabu, yose-nabe (regular hot pot), and soy milk!!

Ingredients: 3 to 4 servings

Basic Hot Pot Soup Base
Kombu for dashi stock
2 to 3 pieces
Bonito flakes (finely cut)
a handful
1200 ml
50 ml
80 ml
Hot Pot Ingredients:
Ingredients of your choice
as desired


1. If possible, put the kombu in water and let it sit overnight. If you don't have the time, just let it cook and take out the kombu right before it starts to boil.
2. Once you remove the kombu, let the pot boil, add a (big!) handful of bonito flakes, and let it simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.
3. When that's done, turn off the heat and leave for 1 to 2 minutes. Once the flakes sink to the bottom, remove with a skimmer or a perforated ladle while squeezing them out.
4. Add the sake and shiro dashi, and bring to a boil. It's a bit rich in flavor, but that's alright as the vegetables will dilute it. If it's too salty, add a little water.
5. Just add in whatever ingredients you like and it's done!! Serve with yuzu pepper paste~!!
6. [Hakata Giblet Hot Pot] You can also make a giblets hot pot using the modified version of this soup base! Recipe ID: 1995248.
7. [Soy Milk Hot Pot] Recipe ID: 2015448 All you need to do is to add in soy milk and (looots) ground sesame seeds.
8. I have the recipe for homemade yuzu pepper pate Recipe ID: 1982992. Give it a try.

Story Behind this Recipe

The soup I had at my favorite kamo-nabe (duck hot pot) restaurant was very tasty, so I tried to recreate it in my style.