I love Juju Sanpo as much as the original Jujutsu Kaisen story. I can’t watch every episode without laughing. But the episode13 was kind of serious. Megumi and other students are eating together, and they talked about the meatball recipe Yuji had taught Megumi. I guess they didn’t know Yuji revied at that time yet, they got a little emotional looking at the meatballs.
What were they eating?
They are eating food called “nabe (鍋（なべ）". Nabe is a popular traditional dish for winter in Japan. We put various kinds of food inside a big pot called "donabe" and boil them with soup together. It’s very fun to eat hot nabe with your family or your friends in the cold season. Basically, you can put anything you want inside nabe and here are some typical types of nabe:
I think the Jujutsu tech students were eating Yosenabe by how they looked and they had meat balls inside. It could be Chanko, but Yosenabe is more popular. The differenbe between them is what kind of soup you use. You use soy sauce based soup for Yosenabe and Chiken soup for Chanko. You can make your own soup at home and you can buy a pouch of soup in supermarkets, too.
There are so many more kinds of nabe. A couple of years ago, deko nabe became popular. Deko means decoration and you make animals or anime characters in nabe by using food. Some people make amazing deko nabe!
Related words you should know about nabe
Renge （れんげ） Renge is a spoon made of pottery and you use it when you eat nabe, soup, ramen, etc. It’s larger and deeper than a metal spoon so that it’s easier to scoop large amount of soup and also it doesn’t get too hot compared to metal ones.
Shime (しめ) People usually put some kinds of carbs like rice or noodle into the left soup after they eat nabe, the carb is called shime.
Shirataki (しらたき) It’s a noodle made of konnyaku(konjac). Konnyaku is a jelly-like food made of konnyaku yam. Shirataki is also called ito konnyaku. Ito means strings. Shirataki itself has almost no taste. But it’s very good when you put it in nabe.
Warishita (わりした) Warisita is a thick sauce made of seasoning like soy sauce, sake, sugar, etc. You usually use the word for soup in Sukiyaki. Actually, I never heard anybody using the word for other recipes.
Nabebugyou (なべぶぎょう) If your friend is very particular about nabe, you can call them “nabebugyou”. It’s sometimes used ironic or negative way. Nabe is a dish that has no set way of cooking, you just enjoy cooking and eating with your people. But sometimes, some people love nabe too much and they don’t allow others to do different ways to make nabe, they are nabebugyou!
Example of conversation about Nabebugyou
You “Let’s start making Yosenabe. I’m going to put meat and vegetables and…”
Friend A “Wait! You can put meat first! You have to put vegetables first so that they make tasty soup.”
You “Oh, ok.”
10 minutes later.
You “Well….I think we can put meat now.”
Friend A “No, no! You can’t put meat next to Shirataki, the meat gets hard!”
Friend B “Never mind. She is always like that when she makes nabe. She is nabebugyou.”
Friend A “I know I am. Oh, don’t stir it yet! You need to put the rid on and wait for 5 minutes!”
Nabe is a very popular and loved dish in winter. I think Gojo sensei and the students must love it, too!