Translated by Richard Perkins
Chanko Nabe (Sumo Stew) - Japanese Encyclopedia
Chanko nabe is the indispensable food that supports those in the world of sumo, Japan’s national sport. In this article, we will introduce what kind of food is chanko nabe and where you can taste it in Tokyo.
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What is Chanko Nabe?
Whether it be at a restaurant or at home, nabe-ryori refers to a typical Japanese dish made of several ingredients boiled together in a large pot.
Normally, these dishes get their name from the ingredients used or the way in which the dish is prepared. For example, there’s ‘tonyunabe’, ‘tonyu’ meaning ‘soy milk’, and ‘kimchinabe’. However, among there is a mysterious dish known as ‘chanko nabe’.
Believe it or not, the chanko nabe is actually a very important dish that helps support Japan’s national sport, sumo, behind the scenes.
Building the Robust Body of a Sumo Wrestler - A Hot Pot Full of Nutrition
Chanko is a word that indicates the food that sumo wrestlers eat, and the word ‘nabe’ means ‘hot pot’. In other words, ‘chanko nabe’ primarily refers to the hot pot that sumo wrestlers eat. Sumo wrestlers in Japan work together in order to strengthen their bodies and improve their skills, living in a type of training facility known as a sumo stable.
For sumo wrestlers, who need to maintain their massive bodies, eating is also an important part of their training.
On top of being a dish that can be made easily by an adult in just a few minutes, nabe dishes are very nutritious, allowing you to take in a number of different ingredients at once. By using chopsticks to eat together from the same hot pot, sumo wrestlers are able to boost their sense of togetherness. In a sumo stable, this is one dish that is a must have on the menu.
Chanko nabe and sumo are closely connected to each other.