Chanko Nabe for Three

CreatorHexxSc2 Prep Time: 30-45 Minutes Difficulty: Medium
Serving: Serves 3 can be adjusted for one or more. Cooktime: 20-25 Minutes  



  • For the Initial Soup:
  • 2 Tsp Instant dashi + 9 cups water
  • 7 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 7 Tbsp. sake (Japanese rice wine) (White Wine can be substituted)
  • 6 Tbsp. mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine) (Cooking Sherry can be used instead)
  • 1.5 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. nappa cabbage, cut into 2-3" squares (Chinese Cabbage)
  • 4 Shiitake Mushrooms Whole* (stems removed)
  • 1 1/2 Enoki mushroom bundle**, break apart before placing
  • 1 Carrot (diagonally sliced 1/4" pieces)
  • 1/2 pkg. Tofu Block (cut into 1-1/2” small cubes)
  • 5 Green Onion Stalks (diagonally cut into 2-3" lengths)
  • * Shiitake can be substituted for any readily available full bodied mushroom. Button Mushrooms tend to lack flavor. I suggest Portobello cut into bit sized pieces if Shiitake isn't available/unfavorable.
  • ** Can be substituted with bean sprouts or another mild flavored mushroom. I would suggest Oyster mushrooms cut into strips.
  • Chicken Meatballs (Pork can also be used instead):
  • 1 lb. Ground Chicken meat (or pork)
  • 1/2 Green Onion (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt



1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for chicken meatballs and mix well with your hands. Wet your hands and make bite sized balls and set aside.


2. Place the Dashi, soy sauce, sake, mirin and salt in large deep pot on HIGH - bring to boil.


3. When the soup reaches a boil, add chinese cabbage, shiitake, enoki, carrot, tofu and green onions.


4. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface and turn down the heat to MEDIUM. Cook for 10 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.


5. Add chicken meatballs to the skillet and turn down the heat to LOW.

Cook for 5 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.


6. Lower heat to just keep it warm, take cooked ingredients from the pot and serve.




This meal has existed throughout the ages as a go to for Sumo Wrestlers. You don't need to be one to enjoy it though! This dish uses many vegetables to create a subtle but savory flavor. Packed full of vitamins and nutrients, it's a meal that can be used after a long day when you need to unwind. It's also perfect after a workout to provide essential nutrients to your muscles.