What do you eat in cold winter ? We, Japanese want to eat Nabe Ryori (cooking) in winter. Nabe means ware (earthen) pot in Japanese.
Nabe Ryori has a lot kinds. The simplest Nabe is Mizu-taki. We put many ingredients into hot Dashi water. After they are boiled, we dip them in Ponzu. Ponzu is sour soy sauce. If you have eaten "Shabu Shabu", I'd like to recall it. You can put anything , vegetables, fishes, meat or Tofu. We take them out of big one pot one by one. Mizu-taki is OK to only prepare these ingredients and sauce. Very simple.
Some people, friends or family gather around one table and one pot. And we can eat and enjoy it at same time. Also the sound of boiling is comfortable and I can feel happy. It is excellent for party in cold winter. We often say " Today's dinner is Nabe Ryori . " or "Let's have Nabe party ! "
After we almost finish to eat the boiled ingredients, last pleasure is waiting. We call it "Shime". We put boiled rice or Japanese noodle "Udon" and soy souce or Miso as flavor in hot Dashi water. It is so delicious. We can enjoy different plate twice.
Nabe Ryori makes our cold body warm and we feel satisfied. It is symbol for good relationship for family or friends. And we feel our happiness during eating it .