Japanese Nabe

For SHA Wellness Clinic
Monday February 17th, 2020
Healthy nutrition

Melanie Waxman, our nutrition expert, has shared this recipe. It is a complete meal because it contains noodles, tofu and vegetables. It is a relaxing and nourishing dish that helps you to feel eased after a busy day. Nabe is also good for the circulation and is very warming.

Preparation time

20 minutes


4 people

  • 1 packet udon noodles lightly cooked for 5 minutes and rinsed
  • 1 bunch watercress rinsed and sliced
  • 2 cups Chinese cabbage rinsed and sliced
  • 1 carrot washed and finely sliced
  • 1 cup winter squash finely sliced
  • 1 leek finely sliced
  • 1 cup string beans washed
  • 1/2 block tofu cut into rectangles
  • 1 inch piece kombu rinsed
  • 6 cups spring water

Dipping sauce

  • 2 tablespoons shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup spring water
  • Shichimi 5 spice seasoning
  • Place the water and kombu in a pot and bring to a boil on a medium flame.
  • Remove the kombu and save for use in another dish.
  • Meanwhile prepare the vegetables.
  • Arrange the vegetables (except for the watercress), noodles and tofu attractively in sections around a deep pot.
  • Pour the kombu water over the vegetables and cover with a lid.
  • Bring to a boil on a high flame.
  • When boiling, turn off the flame and add the watercress.
  • Serve from the pot.
  • To serve, place a little dipping sauce in individual bowls. Add a selection of noodles, tofu and vegetables and pour the hot broth over the top. Garnish with a little 5 spice seasoning if desired.


A great variety of vegetables can be used. The tofu can be deep fried for a richer taste. Oysters or white fish can also be cooked in nabe.



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