Korean Style Kimchi Nabe Hot Pot

Korean Style Kimchi Nabe Hot Pot

  • Serves 4
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Bring Korean spice into a Japanese classic with this Korean style kimchi hot pot. Nabe or nabemono is a hot pot dish cooked and shared at the table, and this kimchi nabe recipe uses Kimchi, a pickled cabbage dish and Korea’s most popular delicacy, for extra flavour and spiciness. Prepare this nabe as an easy meal to share with friends and family, and make sure that everybody can handle their spice first.


2 tsp kimchi base
150ml tsuyu
1 packet tofu
100g malony harusame noodles

possible toppings
shirataki noodles
shiitake mushrooms
bean sprouts
chinese cabbage
pork, beef, chicken 

How To Prepare

  1. Let’s start by preparing the ingredients for your nabe hot pot by cutting the tofu and vegetables into bite size pieces. The harusame noodles can be cooked directly in the hot pot so simply need to be rinsed in water for preparation.

  2. Mix 800ml of water with 2 teaspoons of kimchi base and 150ml of tsuyu then add to a large pot to boil.

  3. Once the soup base has boiled, you can start adding your meat and seafood first to ensure that they cook thoroughly. Then start adding any other ingredients and allow them all to simmer in the soup base to soak up the flavours. Keep adding more ingredients and top up the soup base with a little extra water when you need to.

  4. A nabe hot pot can last for a few hours of good eating. It is also common to add some udon noodles or rice at the end to soak up the last remaining flavours.

Tips and Information

- If you want to cook your kimchi nabe in a truly authentic way, use a gas stove at the centre of the table and make it a social event by cooking together with your friends.
- You can also use our premade kimchi nabe sauce. Simply simmer your chosen ingredients in a mix of 300ml of kimchi sauce and 600ml of water.
- Not spicy enough for you? Try adding a teaspoon each of gochujang spicy Korean paste and miso paste. Of course, add as much as you like, but be careful, Korean food is much more spicy than Japanese food.