Ingredients from all over the country Nationwide hot pot cooking contest Wako Saitama January 26 13:05
A contest is held in Wako City, Saitama Prefecture, to collect hot pot dishes from all over the country and decide the grand prix by voting by the people who tasted it.
This contest is held by local business and industry associations, and the venue set up in the Wako City Hall has over 50 hot pot dishes from all over Japan, including Aomori, Niigata, and Hiroshima.
Hot pot dishes use plenty of local ingredients. Of these, hot pots in Toyama use plenty of fried white shrimp and local vegetables to create a tonkotsu flavor.
Mie Prefecture's hot pot contains rice and Matsusaka beef shin meat that has been slowly boiled and softened, and is served with curry roux and broth.
Each hot pot was sold for 300 to 600 yen per cup, and the visitors enjoyed the hot pot dishes they had purchased.
A woman in her 40's said, "It's very delicious and it's cold today, so I'm warming up. I ate crabs and angler fish, so I feel like I've traveled around Japan."
The contest will be held until 3:00 pm on the 26th, and the grand prix will be decided by voting by visitors who have tasted hot pot dishes.