We have many kinds of hot pots in Japan, with the main ingredients ranging from all sorts of meat to seasonal fish. They are especially a delight for the cold winter seasons and go perfect with Japanese Sake.
One of the popular hot pots for the winter season is the Fugu Nabe, or Blowfish Hot Pot. There are many restaurants in Tokyo where you can enjoy fresh Fugu that are swimming in windowed water tanks right until you are served. You can also order fresh Fugu online and enjoy it at the comfort of your home! That is what we did this time.
As many of you might already know, Fugu is well known for being dangerous if you eat the wrong parts, especially the areas around the inner organs. So Fugu always must be processed, cleaned, and served by a certified professional. The Fugu we had delivered to our door is no exception, and the fish was already cleaned and cut into sashimi-like pieces. All you need to prepare is some vegetables, mushrooms, and Tofu to put in the Hot Pot.
The Fugu can also be eaten raw as Sashimi called “Tessa”, so with some Ponzu sauce (a blend of soy sauce and citrus juice), you can enjoy the unique texture and taste of the meat.
Even after enjoying all of the Fugu meat, nothing is over until you put in some cooked rice inside the broth and make a tasty porridge, the perfect Shime (or last dish of the day).
Make sure to enjoy many kinds of hot pots when you visit Japan!