This could very easily become my favorite food.
All this is based on the technique of Tadashi Ono which is apparently laid bare in his book entitled Japanese Hot Pots. I'm not going to buy this book, however, despite Mr. Ono's spirited defense of tofu in the face of a complete-barbarian-ignorant-small-minded-train-wreck-of-a-host-why-does-she-still-have-a-job person at New York's LXTV, only because I'm expecting it to be totally non-vegan. Anyway, the book's site will give you lots of information on how to put together a hot pot, and I was just gripped. It's 26C out there, I'm in heat distress, have few of the proper ingredients on hand, and I still was compelled to make this.
How do you do it? First, you "build" the hot pot. Cut some savoy cabbage into bite-sized pieces and place it in the bottom of your pot:
Now add the other long-cooking ingredients, arranging them as prettily as possible in "corners" on top of the cabbage:
Cover and cook a little longer, until the new vegetables are tender as well.
Ooh, it's done!
Now spoon over noodles or rice, and enjoy:
So simple, and so awesome...