Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

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    Introduction to Motsunabe

    In Japan, they love to eat hormone (ホルモン); the short term for internal organs. Therefore, they make a dish out of it which is called Motsunabe. Motsunabe is a hot pot dish that uses beef and pork motsu (hormone or pork offal) as its main ingredient. It is a local cuisine around Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Very popular among locals because it is cheap but is delicious. If you are one of those people who eat the internal organs of animals such as tripe. And also who do not like to throw away food, then this article about Motsunabe is just right for you.

    Etymology

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

    Hormones or motsu (ホルモン) are used as ingredients in Motsunabe, locals knew it as Motsu Nabe or Hormone hot pot. It comes from the Kansai dialect of “something to give up (放るもん),” or “throwing away (捨てるもの).” Therefore, it can be inferred that locals did not originally use hormones as ingredients. But rather, they could eat it because they had nothing to eat due to the postwar food shortage at that time.

    What is Motsunabe?

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋) is a traditional Japanese hot pot dish consisting mainly of beef or pork internal meat in Fukuoka prefecture. They uses internal meat or organs such as the small intestine and large intestine, or what they call “hormone”. Motsunabe is also called a “hormone pot” or “pork offal hotpot” in English translation. “Motsunabe” is exceptionally delicious with the sweet fat of the fluffy offal that bursts into your mouth. Locals suggested that you should not buy offal or hormones in supermarkets. Because the texture is completely different from eating at the store. The biggest point of Motsunabe is to use fresh domestic beef “raw offal”. The plumpness and thick sweetness of offal cannot be achieved with “boiled offal”.

    History of Motsunabe

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

    The roots of Motsunabe date back to World War II. It starts when Koreans who worked as coal miners at that time cooked hormones and leeks. They cooked this in aluminum pots and ate them with soy sauce flavor. Since then, in addition to beef and pork tripe and leeks, ingredients and flavors have changed little by little. So by the 1960s, sesame oil, peppers, green onions, etc. were added to the food in a sukiyaki style.

    In addition, there are many kinds of seasonings these days. Locals added soy sauce and miso-based on bonito and kelp stock. Moreover, they also added cabbage and garlic as well as leeks, and falcon nails. In the Hakata area of ​​Fukuoka City, locals still do not know it until about 25 years ago. Motsunabe became famous in this area in 1992 after the burst of the bubble economy. That is when the Hakata-style Motsunabe store opened in Tokyo.

    Motsunabe Recipe

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

    The Motsunabe Ingredients

    Motsunabe Ingredients for 4 people
    Pork offal400g
    Cake flour (for glaze)26g
    water236g
    cabbage450g
    garlic60g
    bean sprout200g
    Motsunabe soup
    water1000g
    Chicken glass soup base43g
    soy sauce33g
    sweet sake28g
    liquor28g
    oyster sauce5g
    miso17g

    How to make Motsunabe?

    STEP
    Prepping the cabbage

    Remove the core from the cabbage and chop it into small pieces.

    STEP
    Cutting garlic

    Cut the garlic into 4 cm width. Remove the core of the garlic and slice it thinly.

    STEP
    Pork offal coating

    Sprinkle the pork offal with flour and wash it under running water.

    STEP
    Boiling the pork offal

    Boil water in a pan, add the pork offal. Next, boil for about 1 minute, then remove into a colander before it is completely cooked.

    STEP
    Making the soup

    Put the ingredients of the soup other than miso in a pan. Heat it over medium heat, and melt the miso when boiled.

    STEP
    Simmering all the ingredients

    Place cabbage, bean sprouts, and boiled pork offal in that order. Then, cover and simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

    STEP
    Sprinkling some garlic on top

    When all of it is cook, remove the lid, line up garlic, and sprinkle it.

    Nutrition Benefit of Motsunabe

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

    Offal contains more vitamins than ordinary meat. In particular, there are plenty of B vitamins that are effective in relieving fatigue and vitamin A that strengthens the skin and mucous membranes.

    In addition, there are many minerals such as iron and zinc and essential amino acids, which are effective for boosting immunity and preventing anemia. You can also expect a beautiful skin effect. Vitamin C is also needed to make collagen work efficiently. When you eat offal, be sure to eat vegetables with it.

    Mizutaki vs Motsunabe

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

    In Fukuoka, there are two types of famous “nabe” (hotpots): “mizutaki” and “motsunabe”. Mizutaki is made with chicken broth, and the Motsunabe is made with innards. 

    What is Japanese Nabemono?

    Nabemono, called nabe for short, is a category of Japanese hot pot dishes traditionally cooked at the dinner table in a donabe (clay pot). The word nabemono is a compound of nabe, which translates to “cooking pot” and mono, meaning “thing.”

    What contains Motsunabe?

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

    Motsunabe contains pork or beef tripe, chicken gizzards, and a load of secondary ingredients. Such as cabbage, fried tofu, chives, garlic, shimeji mushrooms, and carrots, among others.

    Recommended Motsunabe Restaurants

    Rakutenti Hakata (Fukuoka)

    A special soup specially made by the shop’s mother who has kept the same taste for over 40 years. An original soup prepared for Rakuten Motsunabe, which is a mixture of soy sauce and secret sauce. The shop uses JR Kyushu Farm Garlic Chives. The finest garlic is thick, deep green, and fragrant. The cabbage from Kuwano Farm, produced in Fukuoka Prefecture, is cabbage with outstanding sweetness with reduced pesticides made exclusively for Rakuten. They use Champon noodles made by a unique manufacturing method that is perfect for motsunabe soup with melted ingredients.

    Address: 2-5-23, Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, 812-0011
    Phone Number: 09-2477-2800
    Hours Open:  17:00 – 22:00(L.O.21:30); Open year round
    Website: rakutenti.com

    Hakata Motsunabe Ooyama (Fukuoka)

    To devote all the shop’s energy to the first bite of “deliciousness”, they carefully selected the ingredients. They also commit and repeat trial and error in the soup to create a Hakata motsunabe from Oyama. It is a motsunabe with a triple soup stock of vegetables and seafood when it is added to a uniquely blended soy sauce. It has a gentle and mellow taste that makes the material stand out.

    Address: 9−1 KITTE博多 B1F Hakataekichuogai Hakata Ward Fukuoka Japan, 812-0012
    Phone Number: 09-2260-6300
    Hours Open: [Monday-Sunday] 11:00-20:00; Regular holiday: Wednesday
    Website: motu-ooyama.com

    Arizuki Ebisu (Tokyo)

    Arizuki is a famous hot pot restaurant with its main store that uses domestically produced offal. So customers can enjoy an exquisite motsunabe that is easy for anyone to eat. You can enjoy various flavors such as “white motsunabe” based on Kyushu miso and “red motsunabe” based on soy sauce. Besides offal, Aritsuki’s special spicy cod roe and omelet are also very popular.

    Address: 2-9-5 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013
    Phone Number: 03-5424-0656
    Hours Open: [Monday-Friday] 18:00-24:00 (LO food 23: 00, drink 23:30) [Saturday / Sunday / holiday] 17:00-24:00 (LO food 23: 00, drink 23:30)
    Website: arizuki.com

    Hakata Motsudokoro Kirari (Tokyo)

    “Hakata Motsudokoro Kirari” is a shop particular about using most of the ingredients from Kyushu. You can enjoy a full-fledged motsunabe with a grave, which you can only get at such a shop. There are 6 types of motsunabe: miso, salty soy sauce, salt, spicy miso, black mar oil, and tororo. Black mar oil is an original menu only at the Meguro store, and the charred garlic oil works well and is delicious. Miso seems to be the most popular among women. It is a gem that the shop would like people who are not good at hormones to eat.

    Address: 2-15-19 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021
    Phone Number: 03-5422-9533
    Hours Open: From 17:00 to 1:00 the next day (LO24: 00), open on Sundays
    Website: hakata-kirari.jp

    Conclusion

    Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

    When traveling, the first thing people usually notice is how different or similar the food is to their own country. And if you don’t come from Asia or are not familiar with Asian food, then you might be surprised to see many things that actually are edible and delicious. Motsunabe is one of those foods that may appear strange to foreigners but are quite delicious and findable in Japan.

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