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Garlic Chilli Oil Tofu Nabe

This garlic chilli oil tofu nabe is a 20-minute meatless hot pot recipe. Thanks to the Japanese garlic chilli oil (taberu rayu), the hot pot soup base has a flavourful depth. It is perfect to eat this nabe (hot pot) during rainy and cooler days. I made this hot pot due to leftover tofu and hot pot vegetables from previous recipes. I also used shirataki noodles to lower my carb intake :P

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Garlic Chilli Oil Tofu Nabe Recipe


  • I am using a 1-litre, 9-inch (23-cm) Japanese-style nabe pot. The shallow depth of a nabe pot is useful for cooking and serving the hot pot directly.
  • If you have a portable cooker on the dining table, it keeps the nabe warm and bubbling throughout eating. You can have a small tray of vegetables at the side to continue cooking on the table. You can also add some cooked rice to the hot soup to make porridge towards the end of the hot pot session.
  • Buying a hot pot veggies set from the Japanese supermarket (I got mine from Don Don Donki) is a huge time saver. It is also a cost efficient way for to enjoy a variety of vegetables without buying too much.


Garlic Chilli Oil Tofu Nabe Ingredients

These are the main ingredients for my garlic chilli oil tofu nabe:

  • (A) Japanese garlic chilli oil (taberu rayu) – It comes with small pieces of crispy garlic soaked in a savoury chilli oil. This is the essential special seasoning ingredient in this hot pot. The two popular brands available locally are S&B and Momoya. S&B is slightly hotter than Momoya. I like both brands and I decided to use the momoya brand when I made this recipe.
  • (B) Hot pot ingredients. This is a meatless hot pot so firm tofu (leftover from making teriyaki tofu) is the main protein here. You can substitute the tofu with any desired seafood or meat. I used napa cabbage to line my nabe pot, followed by 2 large pieces of each ingredient – carrot, shiitake mushroom, corn, daikon and scallions. As a finishing touch, I used my favourite home-grown shungiku (chrysanthemum garland) to garnish the hot pot.
  • (C) The main soup base is an instant dashi soup pack. This particular brand I am using requires only 3 minutes of boiling.
  • (D) I used shirataki noodles to reduce my carb intake. You can substitute this with rice or udon.


Garlic Chilli Oil Tofu Nabe Steps

How to make and serve this garlic chilli oil tofu hot pot:

  • Boil napa cabbage, carrot, corn & daikon with dashi soup pack and water.
  • Season the soup with garlic chilli oil.
  • Arrange the rest of the hot pot ingredients aesthetically in the claypot. Cook for a few minutes and serve the hot pot on the dining table.
  • Garnish the tofu with some crispy garlic pieces and spring onions.
  • The shungiku (chrysanthemum garland) only need to be dipped in the hot soup for a few seconds. Don’t overcook this precious greens.

2 comments on “Garlic Chilli Oil Tofu Nabe”

  1. I have to get some of those chilli paste to try! The hot pot looks so delicious and soul comforting.

  2. You always have all the ready Japanese ingredients to make dishes including this Japanese hotpot. Your pantry / kitchen is very well-stocked.

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