英語でニッポンをフカボリ！ DID YOU KNOW…?『鍋物』
まずはKey Words & Phrasesから。
portable stove / portable gas stove（卓上コンロ）
earthen pot / clay pot（土鍋）
vary from A to A（Aによって異なる）
having said that（そうは言っても・しかしながら）
Did you know hot pot is an essential during the cold season in Japan?（日本の寒い時期に鍋物は欠かせないって知ってましたか？）
・Hot pot dishes, also known as “nabemono” are one of the most preferred foods in winter to cope with the cold weather.
・Nabemono is generally cooked in a pot placed on a portable gas stove at the table. As it can be eaten while it is hot, it makes your body warm from inside.
・Nabemono is said to be one of the most well-balanced dishes, as typical nabemono contains various ingredients including meat, seafood and vegetables cooked in broth. Additionally, either noodles or rice porridge simmered in the nutritious broth are served before finishing off the meal.
・On top of that, a wide variety of tastes can be enjoyed, as recipes vary from region to region and family to family.
・It’s safe to say that having nabemono is vital in Japan to get through a long, cold winter and it is the best way to re-energize yourself.
3 Questions for Digging Deeper! 《 もっと掘り下げてみよう！ 》
What does nabemono mean in the first place?（そもそもナベモノってどんな意味なの？）
Nabemono literally means “pot things” and it actually refers to dishes cooked in a pot. Nabemono is usually cooked in a big earthen pot known as “donabe”. It is considered that donabe is great to bring out the flavor of the ingredients and keeps the food inside warm.
What’s the most typical hot pot?（代表的な鍋料理って何？）
The most typical nabemono would be “yosenabe”. Usually, yosenabe contains meat, seafood and vegetables cooked in fish or seaweed broth. Having said that, any ingredients can be used in yosenabe, as there is no concrete recipe. Incidentally, “yose” refers to gathering things together, and yosenabe contains all-sorts of various foods.
What kind of noodles are served at the end of hot pot dishes?（鍋の終わりにはどんな麺を食べるの？）
The popular noodles include ramen and udon noodles. As they absorb the flavorsome broth, the cooked noodles of both kinds taste great. Some people enjoy adding pasta noodles with cheese into the broth. It is not a common way but the taste is quite addictive.