Some years ago while watching TV, a documentary about sumo wrestlers came on. Oh! How interesting!
When I was a child, I was very fascinated by these huge bulky men (wearing very little clothing during competition) who wrestled one another inside a small ring.
I was also rather curious. What did they eat to get so big? The segment on their daily diet came on and I was very surprised to see that they ate a soup that had lots of vegetables and meat called chanko nabe.
Wow! That is healthy food. You can put on so much weight with healthy food? Well, if eaten in abundance, the added calories will make you gain weight.
The sumo wrestlers don't stop at just one bowl, they eat many bowls. Then they take a nap after lunch, and that my friend will guarantee weight gain. I know because that is what always happens whenever my brother and I return to Kuala Terengganu hah..hah...
In Japan, there are restaurants that specialize in chanko nabe and anyone who wants to have a taste of the food for sumos can get the opportunity.
Well, my version did not contain any of that but I think it can still qualify as a chanko nabe because chanko nabe is basically a hotpot dish - broth with proteins and veggies. I used my homemade bone broth and added whatever veggies I had in the fridge. I also added meatballs and tofu as my proteins.