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Oden, mixed stew, sukiyaki most favored 'nabe' dishes in winter


Japanese people love eating "nabe" (hot pot), especially in winter.

According to Whether News, 88% of 16,428 Japanese people polled ate "nabe" in December and January. The average number of times was 11.31. The survey also showed that people living in the western part of Japan are more likely to favor "nabe."

Japanese people spend an average of 1,046 yen for each "nabe" meal. People in Okinawa spend the most -- 1,375 yen. Even though the warmer climate of Okinawa would seem to be less compatible with "nabe," Okinawans enjoy it with tasty local ingredients.

The research also shows that 90% of Japanese see eating "nabe" as a great chance to socialize with family and friends.

The most popular "nabe" were "oden," mixed stew, sukiyaki, chicken and vegetables, and kimuchi.

Source: MONEYzine

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I love Love LOVE oden. Don't be put off by its generally unattractive appearance - it's gorgeous.

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Great idea for dinner tomorrow night....it's supposed to be really cold.

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Nabe is really good with irradiated cabbage.


Read the labels people.

I love oden, but where do the ingredients come from?

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And for that we got down voted? Who puts cabbage in oden?

Some people......

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Rolled cabbage is good in oden. My favourite ingredients - boiled egg, chikuwabu, daikon, whole carrots, whole eringi mushrooms, whole potatoes, aburaage bags with omochi inside, ganmodoki. All washed down with a tumbler of whisky.

The good thing about oden is that you can leave the pot simmering on the fire and eat sitting round the telly watching a film or video.

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Pawn?? I wonder if he meant prawns??

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I still love SHABU SHABU the best in these cold winters here in Japan!

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The raw egg for the sukiyake, well that is my one big turn off, sorry folks, no raw eggs for me.

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I miss oden so bad! Could have some here in Manila, but with the constant heat, I would probably melt away.

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It's interesting that people living in warmer place more likely to eat 'nabe'!!

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I personally prefer creamofsomeyoungguy over oden or nabe, but that's just me

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No oden for me..regular chanko or seafood nabe.

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Rolled cabbage is good in oden

You're right, Cleo. The image that popped into my head was cabbage cut like hakusai...

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I have to put a clothespin on my nose when I walk into a 7-11 in winter or I have to smell that stinky oden. It's the daikon in it that makes it stink.

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Kimchi nabe is the best. Chinese cabbage, enoki mushrooms, leeks, tofu, and seafood is wonderful in a kimchi nabe. The place gets smelly the next morning, but nothing a bit of "Fabreeze" can't take away. As for oden, I can't stand the konnyaku, but love the boiled egg, hanpen, and daikon; among others. Nabe and oden warms the tummy in winter and is so easy to prepare.

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Heck, the konnyaku's the best thing in oden!

As far as nabe goes, chicken-maitake-hakusai-yakidofu-shungiku can't be beat.

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Can'T stant Oden. It smells like old socks to me.

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And negi! Don't forget the negi in the nabe!

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There is nothing like the Moroccan Tagine clay pot, for cooking!

Add any variety of vegetables, spices, meat, dumplings, or nabe stocks to it, and in 15 minutes, a steamy delicious meal!

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7-11 oden in winter is great. I do avoid the daikon, though.

And, yes, I am preparing a nice nabe this morning, winter carrots, potatoes, and onions are lined up at the ready. Snow on the tv, winter in Tokyo. Yummy yummy!

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Huh... according to Fuji TV, I thought that Kimchi Nabe was an overwhelming favorite...

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Oden is the only type of nabe that I dislike! I think it's the fact that the ingredients in nabe are generally lightly cooked, retaining the fresh taste, whereas oden is stewed to death, big chunks of disentegrating daikon, and those huge triangles of konnyaku (I LOVE it cut up small or in shiratake style) then there's the random hard boiled egg which has turned grey in the stewing liquid- nope not for me :) It could also be that the smell in conbinis in the winter turns my stomach. Kimchi nabe is also my favourite.

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I've never heard of this kind of food but it looks generally unhealthy. For us at home in winter it's a nice clam chowder or some real down home food regular folks style!

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It's also sad that the only way to socialize with friends seems to have to revolve around eating this 'nabe'. Whatever happened to people getting together just for the sake of it?

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AM - what's unhealthy about fresh veggies boiled together and eaten hot? and where does it say eating o-nabe is the 'only' way to socialise? You've been in Japan dunno how long, have a Japanese wife and have never heard of o-nabe? That's sad.

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Look at the picture Cleo! Doesn't look so healthy now right! No, seriously, I think I've said before that we dont eat Japanese food as there are plenty of alternatives available, for example beef stew with all the ingredients available at Costco. It just seems that in this country if people are not eating then they unable to socialize!

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we dont eat Japanese food as there are plenty of alternatives available, for example beef stew with all the ingredients available at Costco

Typical American... let's eat pre-packaged crapola. I'm sure you find it difficult to shop for clothing in Japan as well. They tend not to carry 120cm waist jeans. Oh sorry, you're one of the lames who are clueless regarding the metric system. That's a 48" waist.

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the look and smell of oden make me sick. This is the worst food creation in the world. Just entering a convenience store in winter makes me sick. I run away from stores selling oden.

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