I never thought I would…and at first I didn’t want to, but then I did want to…and tonight I did. In the process of eating a delicious, sukiyaki nabe dinner, I enjoyed my first ever raw egg!
Our meal was sukiyaki nabe, prepared by my Japanese student and friend. My contribution was helping cut up the veggies while we practiced our conversational skills. After all, we weren’t preparing this wonderful meal for fun or pleasure, but as part of a lesson…and I really liked this lesson!
Nabemono (nabe for short) is a tabletop, single burner portable butane stove. You simply insert a canister of butane, turn it on and start cooking. But that is only after all the preparation is done. Our scrumptious meal consisted of shiitake mushrooms, green onions, Chinese cabbage, nettle tree (I think), dandelion greens, tofu, thinly sliced strips of beef, sukiyaki sauce and a type of Japanese noodle that sounds like “cognac.”
All this was cooked, in several batches, in the nabe pot on our table. When the sukiyaki was done, as instructed I mixed up the raw egg in a small bowl. Then the beef, and only the beef, was placed in the raw egg ready to eat. I didn’t hesitate taking the first bite – after all, in the 11 months I have been in Japan I have seen people eat raw egg and all are still alive. It tasted pretty good, and I then proceeded to try the rest of the sukiyaki and I was a believer…thinking of buying my own nabemono!