Nabemono (鍋物, なべ物, nabe “cooking pot” + mono “thing or things, object, matter”) or simply called nabe, refers to a variety of Japanese hot pot dishes, also known as one pot dishes.
Last year Masanori Kono decided to have a little fun and get creative with one of the ingredients: grated daikon radish.
Kono sculpted the grated radish into the shape of a polar bear with the seaweed for eyes and nose. He posted a picture of his “Polar Bear Nabe” to twitter, which quickly went viral. Shocked and surprised by its popularity Kono decided to publish the recipe on CookPad. He also followed up on his creation with other variants that included panda bears, lambs and other white animals soaking in the hot bath.