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Chankonabe is a special type of Japanese nabe (stew) eaten by sumo wrestlers in vast quantities as part of a weight-gain diet. The stew is made of soup (either dashi or chicken broth with mirin) and includes whatever is available, as there is no formal recipe. The majority of the stew is made of proteins like chicken or fish, with tofu and veggies making up the rest of the dish. A healthy dish packed with proteins and fresh greens, sumo wrestlers eat chanko nabe in large amounts at a time, done in order to quickly gain weight. The senior sumo wrestlers and their guests help themselves first, followed by the younger wrestlers. The leftover broth can be used for noodles, making chankonabe a versatile meal that can be enjoyed.
Want to try the popular sumo meal during your Japan Tour? Let your agent know while booking with Japan Deluxe Tours to add a chankonabe dinner to your vacation package. You can also customize your vacation to include Chankonabe and a visit to a Sumo tournament for a sumo-sized Japan adventure!
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