Mid - Late
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Tendo City Nabe Battle

40 restaurants serving up unique nabe offerings

Kim   - 1 min read
Venue : Tendō, Yamagata, Japan When : Mid - Late Jan 2023

Now in its 27th year, the Tendo City Nabe Battle is held every winter and sees numerous restaurants fight it out – peacefully – to be crowned as having the region's number one hot pot dish.

Some of this year's offerings include a chicken dumpling and yuzu nabe from Izakaya Bar Maribow, a Sichuan-style pork nabe at Senkaku Chinese Restaurant, and a curry udon nabe from Papiyotto Snack Bar.

There is an incentive to try out more than one of the nabe dishes on offer, too. Eat at one of the participating restaurants and you'll get a postcard which can be stamped at the next restaurant you visit. Send it in to the specified address, and there's a chance to win prizes including a robot vacuum, a Nintendo Switch, and a voucher for a local hot springs accommodation spot.

Getting there

The 40 restaurants participating in this year's nabe battle can be found in PDF form here (in Japanese).

Kim

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