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Hakata Chicken Hot Pot: Thinking About Quantities

Here we explain how to think about quantities when preparing hot pot, using one of our favorite dishes, Hakata Chicken Hot Pot, as an example. We also talk about one of the key aspects of Japanese cooking -- knife work -- explaining why you need to cut vegetables and other ingredients in particular, but very simple, ways. This hot pot, called Tori Mizutaki in Japanese, is a mainstay of the city of Fukuoka on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Check out page 95 for the recipe.

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The Japanese have long believed that sharing a meal from a single pot forges closer relationships. Japan's beloved comfort food, hot pots, are a well-balanced and naturally nutritious bounty of vegetables, tofu, chicken, seafood, or meat, all infused with lip-smacking Japanese flavors. Japanese Hot Pots demystifies with more than fifty authentic recipes from across Japan. So gather your friends and family round the dinner table for these easy, economical, homey dishes that require minimal fuss and no special equipment — just a good appetite.