Keep warm with the best hotpots in Niseko: Nabe, Shabu-Shabu & Sukiyaki
Spending the Lunar New Year in Niseko doesn't mean that you can't celebrate as a family! Over this snowy winter, warm up with your family over Japanese style hotpots!
Nabemono or simply called 'nabe', refers to a variety of Japanese hot pot dishes. Most nabemono are stews and soups served during the colder seasons, and are kept hot at the dining table by portable stoves. The dish is frequently cooked at the table, and shared with family and friends. Diners can pick the cooked ingredients they want from the pot. It is either eaten with the broth or with a dip.
Named after the traditional clay pot ('nabe') in which this dish is cooked and served, nabe is a steaming broth, filled with vegetables tofu and with meat or seafood. Unlike Shabu-shabu, you don't dip the meat in the pot. Shortly after the pot is brought to a boil you can dig in!
Shabu-shabu is a popular hot pot dish consisting of thinly sliced meat and bite-sized vegetables cooked in steaming hot broth. The dish gets its name from the Japanese onomatopoeia "shabu shabu" meaning "swish swish", which describes the light swishing of the meat in the simmering broth and served with dipping sauces (ponzu or sesame). Shabu-shabu is more savory and less sweet than Sukiyaki.
Traditionally, more similar to Nabe, Sukiyaki is also a one pot dish. Served in the nabemono style, consists of meat which is slowly cooked or simmered at the table, alongside vegetables and other ingredients. Sukiyaki is a sweet broth served in a shallow iron pot. Once the food is cooked, it is then dipped into beaten raw eggs before being devoured!
Where to go...
SESSA | Hirafu
Sessa boasts a range of carefully selected Hokkaido ingredients. Indulge in Sukiyaki or special house-made Shabu-shabu broth for dinner.
RYUNABE | Hirafu
RyuNabe offers a selection of unique homemade broths. Try their 3.7 Hokkaido milk base broth, for a Japanese twist on the Cantonese hotpot!
NABENABE | Hirafu
NabeNabe specialises in kombu (kelp) broth. Kombu infused veggies, meat and tofu ensure the nabe is packed full of warm goodness.
YUKITEI | Hirafu
Yukitei boasts 50 years of tradition from Kutchan, and brings authentic Hokkaido cuisine from the farm and sea to the table.
0136-55-6110 or 090-3117-1001
MOMIJI | Hirafu
Momiji Nabe + Sake offers a selection of izakaya style dishes, as well as Hokkaido Wagyu Shabu-shabu and teppan steak. Vegetarian (shojin ryori) friendly!
SAKURA | Hirafu
Sakura is a popular Sapporo restaurant, which opened its first branch in Niseko. The main attraction is their Wagyu (Kobe, Matsuzaka, Hokkaido) beef Shabu-shabu.
RYOGOKU | Kutchan Town
Ryogoku offers the unique Japanese "Chanko-nabe" (Sumo wrestler's stew pot) with fresh sashimi, broiled seafood and carefully selected sake and wine.
0136-23-2535 (Please note, service in Japanese only).
UWAMUKI | Niseko Town
Uwamuki is a new modern take on the traditional izakaya. With an open kitchen, Uwamuki offers fresh seafood, local seasonal produce and delicious hot-pots.