Motsunabe (もつ鍋) is one of the most popular dishes that originated on Kyushu, and Fukuoka in particular. It is known nationwide as a Kyūshū speciality and for being a staple of Hakata’s cuisine. Motsunabe is a stew made with meat (pork and beef innards) and vegetables and is prepared in a cooking pot.
The meet usually is usually cooked first for a short while before vegetables are added and boiled together. Traditionally, the base soup includes soy sauce, garlic and chili pepper, or Miso. Noodles are often put in as well to give everything the final touch.
Motsunabe had been exclusive to Fukuoka before restaurants into Tokyo started including the dish into their menus in the 1990s. It became a hit with and received nationwide coverage by the media. In the Kansai area, Horumonyaki is very popular since the ingredients are almost the same as in Motsunabe.
Since it was invented in Fukuoka, there are tons of places where you can try Motsunabe. The costs are fairly acceptable with ¥1200 for a good and healthy meal.
Enjoy Motsunabe during the cold season. It’s a hot and healthy local specialty!