Chanko-Nabe Recipe

A sumo wrestler's hearty stew to fuel up for battle.
Chanko-Nabe Recipe


Servings: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes


for the meatballs:
½ pound|227 grams ground pork
½ teaspoon miso paste
½ teaspoon sake
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon soy sauce
1 large egg
1 onion, minced

for the soup:
6 ¼ cups|1 liter 479 ml fish broth
¼ cup|60 ml sake
¼ cup|60 ml soy sauce
3 tablespoons mirin
¼ cup daikon, sliced
2 medium carrots, sliced
¼ cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch nira, chopped (smaller green onions)
1 bunch green onion, chopped 1-inch pieces
handful cabbage, chopped
handful bok choy, chopped
12 ounces|340 grams firm tofu, sliced


  1. Make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Using wet hands, roll the mixture into 1-inch meatballs and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a medium-sized pot, bring the fish broth, soy sauce, sake, and mirin to a simmer.
  3. Add the chopped daikon and carrots to the pot, and cook over medium for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add pork meatballs to the pot and cook 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add shiitakes, nira, green onion, cabbage, and bok choy, and cook for 10 more minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and add sliced tofu (do not boil), and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Season with salt, pepper, and soy sauce and enjoy.

From FUEL: The 10,000-Calorie Sumo Wrestler Diet

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