Japanese Offal Hot Pot

Motsunabe is a flavourful hot pot dish made with offal, cabbage and chives cooked in a delicious broth. Although it comes in a variety of flavours, my recipe uses a homemade soy based broth flavoured with garlic and chilis, it's seriously addictive and goes perfectly with noodles!

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2 servings


Hot pot


30 minutes




what you'll need:

» beef offal (small intestines) » cabbage » burdock root » firm tofu » Chinese chives » dry chili » garlic chips » sesame seeds (ground & whole) » cooked ramen noodles

for the broth:

» dashi » Chinese chicken stock powder » light soy sauce » dark soy sauce » mirin » sake » oyster sauce » grated garlic » grated ginger » light brown sugar

Wash motsu

Cut the beef offal into bitesize pieces and wash it in a bowl of cold water. Pour through a sieve to drain the water, fill the bowl with fresh cold water and set aside.


Wash in hot water

Heat a pot of hot water and dip the motsu in for 10 seconds. 


Wash in cold water again

Pour the motsu back into the bowl of new water and mix around for a final wash.


Peel gobo

Scrape the skin off the burdock root with the back of a knife. 


Cut and soak

Cut into thin diagonal slices and soak in a bowl of fresh cold water for 5 minutes. 


Make the broth

Mix the dashi, chicken bouillon powder, light and dark soy sauce, mirin, sake, light brown sugar, oyster sauce, grated garlic and grated ginger in a large pot. Mix and bring to a boil over a medium heat.


Add ingredients

Once the broth is boiling, add the motsu, burdock root, cabbage and tofu. Simmer until the vegetables have softened.


Add toppings

Top the broth with Chinese chives, chopped dry chili, garlic chips and sesame seeds for beautiful presentation. Simmer for a few more minutes.


Prepare serving bowls

Add a teaspoon of ground sesame to each serving bowl.


Mix and serve

Mix and use a ladle to spoon the broth and ingredients into each serving bowl.


Finish up

Once the ingredients are all eaten up, add cooked ramen noodles to enjoy the leftover broth!


See the full post for ingredient quantities plus more information about this unique and delicious dish!