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!
I had another group of guests from Hong Kong this January. ^^
One of my guests came to Japan snowboading in Hokkaido. He want to be a good snowboader and visited Japan few times in a year! He have already spent few weeks in Hokkaido and came to Tokyo to meet his friends.
This time they tried some Japanese sake with my home-made dishes at my house. They were really interested in Japanese Sake. I’m so happy to know they really like sake. ^^
I served some Japanese sake from Aizu.
I made many dishes that go well with Japanese sake. When guests have something they cannot eat, I can arrange dishes with that in mind too.
I try to make home-made dishes using seasonal ingredients.
We spent about three hours at my house and it was a fun time.
I had guests in November and arranged a Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki party for them. They are all foreign university students who are studying in Japan.
We started by making nice takoyaki balls with everyone. Making perfectly round takoyaki balls is difficult, so it was a teamwork effort.
We also made Okonomiyaki in another hot plate a few times.
Afterwards, we made Yakisoba noodle. We were all full by the time we finished eating everything.
But we still weren’t finished until we have had some dessert. In the very end, we made sweets balls on the takoyaki machine using some pancake flour mix, bannanas, and chocolate chips. Everyone loved the sweet pancake balls too.
If they have plans to come back to Japan again, I hope we can cook and eat again together!
We had a lunch meet up in August. ^^ Six members came and my children also joined in because they were on summer break!
I cooked spicy bean curry this time.
I also baked a cake for dessert and my children put strawberries on it for decoration. It was a very nice decoration! ❤️
For some people, it was the first time joining this luncheon so they introduced themselves to everyone and we all had a great time!
Everybody often travel around Japan and oversees. ♪ I usually see beautiful photos on my friends’ SNS. It was so exciting to hear about their wonderful experiences of their journey. They are very curious things for me. ^^