Anko Nabe

Angler and vegetables in a miso based Nabe.

Niigata prefecture's Joetsu area and Itoigawa city face the biting cold of the Japan Sea, and as to cope, corpulent anglerfish are brought in from the ocean.

The angler is well known as the popu-lar fish of Itoigawa city. From Novem-ber onward, the angler stops laying eggs and prepares for the cold season by causing its liver to become corpu-lent, making it just right to eat. Chunks of angler and tofu and boiled onions in miso make eating this in winter a must.