I love Nabe (Pan Cooking?)

Last night, I went to a restaurant near by my office with my colleagues and my friend. We ordered a delicious “nabe”. Japanese people call a pan “nabe”. Did we eat metal? No, it also means a kind of cooking that uses pan. This entry is talking about cooking.

Nabe is simple cooking and enjoyable meal. Pour soup (mainly miso soup) into pan. Add fishes, meats and vegetables into the pan. And then, boil it! When people eat it, they put mini stove (oven?) on table, sit down around it, boil and eat in the same time. It’s traditional style. Old Japanese people sit down around their stove in breakfast, launch and dinner. And, it’s reasonable. They can add new fishes, meats and vegetables into the pan while they are eating. This makes soup more delicious. 
At the end, they can put carbonate (rice or noodle) into the pan. I think they should do that. Don’t afraid to gain weight. Because soup in the pan is very delicious, rice in the soup and noodle in the soup are really delicious.

Nabe is often cooked at home. But, it has a demerit. Basically “Nabe” is large amount cooking and shared with 3 or 4 people (greater than 2). It’s sad and tough that single person eats Nabe. It’s important to make friends and go to resutaurants with them to eat Nabe.

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3 Responses to I love Nabe (Pan Cooking?)

  1. DhyvD says:

    Hi, in case you wanted help with the English…

    The correct term is indeed “stove”, because an “oven” is the enclosed box that you cook bread or cookies or whatever in. Once it is open, it is a stove, or some people say, “burner” as in “gas burner” or “electric burner”, even though the latter is really, “electric heating element”.

    However, most English speakers are bad at English and will use stove and oven willy-nilly (without considering correctness).

    The “pan cooking” is okay, but without the picture, “wide pan cooking” might be better to give a good visual, since the pan is about twice as wide as the heating element and you want someone to grasp the concept. also, “open pan cooking” might be an option, to show that the pan is not only “open” but present on the table, as opposed to enclosed (“closed”) within the kitchen.

    Again, though, “pan cooking” is fine.

    Thanks for sharing this, reminds me of when we were in Japan eatign all-you-can eat meat… on an open grill… awesome times!

    • minahito says:

      Thank you for your comment and kindness help. I didn’t know that, your comment is very helpful. I got new knowledge! If you came to Japan in winter, must eat open pan cooking!

      • DhyvD says:

        You are welcome, I hope to return to Japan some day, although last time I visited in fall, leaving just before winter began…. so perhaps further adventures… will happen in the future.

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