What is Chankonabe?
Chankonabe is a Japanese stew (one-pot dish) eaten in huge quantities by sumo wrestlers in order to gain weight. The dish contains a dashi or chicken broth soup base and contains whatever is available to the cook; usually large quantities of protein such as chicken, fish, tofu, or beef, and vegetables such as daikon and bok choy. Chankonabe is also a popular restaurant food, often served in restaurants operated by retired sumo wrestlers who specialize in the dish; the first of these was started in 1937 in the Ryōgoku district of Tokyo, home to many prominent sumo stables.
Best Chankonabe in Tokyo
1. Chanko Tomoegata
Located near the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium, Chanko Tomoegata is a very popular choice for chanko nabe. Order their signature dish, Kunimiyama Chanko, which is prepared in chicken broth and includes fresh sardines, or their chanko with beef, chicken, salmon and scallops.