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Mille Feuille Nabe | Source: Instagram/mrsdonabe | Instagram/claire__tofu
Mille Feuille Nabe | Source: Instagram/mrsdonabe | Instagram/claire__tofu

Mille Feuille Nabe Recipe – How to Make the Japanese Dish with a French Name

Milla Sigaba
Dec 29, 2023
09:32 A.M.
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Mille Feuille Nabe is a popular Japanese hot pot recipe with cabbage leaves and pork belly slices beautifully layered and simmered in a warm dashi broth, excellent for colder months. Continue reading for the perfect Mille Feuille Nabe recipe.

Mille-Feuille is French for "a thousand layers," referring to the multiple layers of cabbage leaves and pork belly slices that create a beautiful pattern. Nabe refers to a Japanese hot pot dish.

Although the meal has Japanese origin, it has also become popular in Korea, with a Korean twist to the broth ingredients. You can also enjoy this delicious Asian cuisine in the comfort of your home with the perfect Mille Feuille Nabe recipe.

Mille Feuille Nabe Recipe

Mille Feuille Nabe is not only a delicious and comforting dish of different textures and flavors but also easy to make and only takes just over an hour to cook. Find the recipe and what you'll need to make Mille Feuille Nabe below:

Ingredients:

1 large head of Napa cabbage (about 3 pounds), leaves separated and bottoms trimmed

1 1/2 pounds of thinly sliced pork belly

5 cups of Dashi

1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of kosher salt

2 tablespoons of sake (optional)

1 to 1 1/2 cups of ponzu sauce

3 scallions, thinly sliced

A Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot

Directions:

1. Lay a large cabbage leaf curve-side up and cover it with pork belly slices. You can use as many or as few slices as you need to cover the cabbage leaf but don't worry about covering every bit of it.

2. Lay another large cabbage leaf curve-side up on the pork you created, followed by another layer of pork belly slices. Repeat the process four more times to form 1 stack of 6 cabbage leaves each layered with pork.

Repeat the pork belly and cabbage layering process until you run out of pork belly. | Source: TikTok/cabbages

Repeat the pork belly and cabbage layering process until you run out of pork belly. | Source: TikTok/cabbages

3. Create as many stacks of 6 cabbage leaves layered with pork until your pork is finished. If you run out of large cabbage leaves, you can combine the smaller ones to create one large cabbage leaf.

4. Holding one stack at a time, you will cut them crosswise into three equal parts.

5. Then, tightly pack the parts you cut into three equal sections along the sides of a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot until you have created a circle. If you have any spare cabbage pieces, you can use them to pack the center of the pot if there is space.

6. Add the dashi, soy sauce, and salt into a large bowl and whisk until the salt dissolves. Then, pour the concoction into your pot.

7. Cover the pot and bring your Mille Feuille Nabe to a simmer over medium heat.

8. Remove any foam and impurities once your pork belly is cooked and the cabbage is tender. Garnish with the scallions, and serve the Mille Feuille Nabe with ponzu sauce.

Now that you know how to make Mille Feuille Nabe, you can enjoy a bowl of warm pork and tender cabbage in a delicious broth or serve it at a party. For more recipes, here is a La Madeleine Pasta Salad recipe to try at home.

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