Serious Eats: Recipes
Poulet's Sumo Wrestler Stew (Chankonabe)
As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Poulet to give away this week.
This Sumo Wrestler Stew or Chankonabe from Poulet is a traditional method of carbo-loading for Japan's massive wrestlers. It's a hearty, bursting bowl of soup filled with rice, udon noodles, chicken thighs, tofu, and a load of good-for-your veggies. But even if you're not about enter the dohyō (that's a sumo ring), it's a fantastically filling bowl of soup and perfect for winter.
Like many of the other recipes in Poulet, this one lends itself to personal interpretation; feel free to swap out any veggies you'd like and add your favorite sumo-worthy proteins. But the one element that we wouldn't change is the broth, an umami-rich chicken stock enriched with kombu, soy, mirin, and red and white miso.
Why you should make this: You don't need to be a sumo champion to enjoy this overloaded bowl of chickeny goodness.
Next time we might think about: Adding handfuls of quick cooking greens and slices of fish cake or shrimp to bulk it up even more.