Japanese ‘beauty hot pot’ Bijin Nabe now in Manila (GMA News Online)

Servers help prepare the hotpot to best enjoy the Bijin Nabe

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last January 24, 2017)

The first thing that comes to my mind when someone mentions hot pot is a soup dish that you cook at the center of the dining table. I’ve eaten my share of this popular Asian comfort food, but I just recently realized that not all hot pots are created equal.

My latest restaurant discovery was this Japanese establishment that offers its signature beauty collagen hot pot. Yes, there is such a thing, and Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo has finally brought this farm-to-table concept to Philippine shores.

It was my first time to encounter this unique dish that was already famous in both Japan and Singapore. Apparently, it all begins with the broth that features the Golden Collagen Stock, which uses Jidori chicken from Miyazaki Prefecture. This type of poultry is considered “the Kobe beef of chicken.” The restaurant directly imports the broth and I was extremely intrigued by it, but I patiently waited for my moment to taste this renowned dish.

Tasting golden collagen chicken stock for the first time

Come with an appetite but exercise patience, as it takes a while to prepare the hot pot—after all, good things take time. The restaurant event I attended allowed me to sample some of its appetizers while my palate waited for the star of the show.

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