Today I Learned about Chankonabe a.k.a. the Sumo Stew.
- Chanko: Sumo Wrestler Food
- Nabe: Pot
The bulk of Chanko Nabe is made up of large quantities of protein sources. Pork, meat balls, fish, chicken, tofu. They seem to throw everything in there.
Sumo wrestlers eat it in massive quantities. Of course they add in lots of rice to bring up calories.
Looks like a perfect lazy athlete’s crockpot meal if you ask me.
See the second video below for more detailed instructions.
Know of any other dishes that are popular with strength athletes around the world? Share them in the comments.
Also check out Glenn Pendlay’s Weightlifter Crock Pot Stew.
Update: Here is a YouTuber showing his way of making it.
Ingredients for serving 3 ~ 4:
- 1/4 or 500g Hakusai(Chinese cabbage) 1/4個白菜
- 300g Tofu （豆腐300g）
- 2 Abura age (油揚げ2枚)
- 50g Shungiku (春菊50g)
- 50g Negi green onion (ねぎ50g)
- Carot (人参)
- 3 Shiitake (しいたけ3枚)
- 100g Enokidake (えのきだけ100g)
- 60g Shimeji (しめじ60g)
- 1000ml Japanese Dashi or Chicken stock (出汁1000cc)
- 2tbsp Miso (大2 味噌)
- Soy sauce to your taste (醤油はお好みで)
For Chicken ball:
- 200g Ground Chicken (鶏ひき肉200g)
- 1tsp soy sauce (小1 しょうゆ)
- 1tsp sake (小1 酒)
- Grated garlic and ginger (おろしにんにく、しょうがは適量)
Update: Here is a documentary about the Japanese Nabe Cuisine. They show how they make Chanko in one of those Sumo Wrestling Schools.