This Japanese term translates to things-in-a-pot and refers to a category of communal one-pot meals that are popular in Japan, particularly during cold weather. Ingredients are prepared in bite-size portions in advance, then cooked at the table in broth or oil. With some dishes, ingredients are added one at a time and when the dish is ready it is served family style. With other dishes, participants actually cook their own food in the hot liquid or oil, much like a Fondue Bourguignonne. Various condiments and sauces are served to flavor the just-cooked foods.

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