Made of cast iron to reflect a traditional and authentic bowl, these nabe bowls are designed for holding one-pot Japanese dishes. Nabemono is a hot-pot type dish that is traditionally heated and cooked over a camp fire. It is usually a stew or soup that is kept hot at the modern-day table over a portable stove or heated fuel.
There are several varieties of nabemono that can be served in a nabe bowl. They include mild dishes full of ingredients that are diped in a sauce, or stews and soups flavored with miso, dashi, soy sauce or other rich flavors that are enjoyed by themselves without a dip. The most popular nabe dishes are yosenabe - a broth-based dish full of vegetables, tofu, egg and any other food items. Sukiyaki is another popular nabe that consists of beef, tofu, veggies and noodles accompanied by a dip made from raw eggs.
For the ultimate Japanese table service, serve your stews and soups in a covered nabe bowl with a heating unit underneath. This will keep the nabemono hot for hours at the table. If you will be serving the nabe without a stand and fuel holder, it must be served on an underliner, or else the hot cast iron will ruin the finish, plastic or wood on the table.