Mizutaki means cooked in water. Mizutaki, a classic local dish of Fukuoka, is chicken and vegetables cooked in a hot pot. The dish is made by cutting up chicken and putting the pieces, complete with skin and bones, in a hot pot with cold water. As the hot pot cooks umami is drawn out from the chicken. Mizutaki is served with a tart and aromatic ponzu dipping sauce. Nowadays some recipes start with a chicken stock instead of water.
After the chicken and vegetables have been eaten rice can be added to the umami-rich liquid in the hot pot. The rice and chicken broth can be eaten, like an ochazuke, or the rice can be simmered in the chicken broth until it becomes zousui porridge.
During the early Meiji Period (1868-1912) mizutaki was popular in Hakata and it became established as a local dish. Hakata jidori, the local chicken, is known for its succulence, umami, and texture. The cloudy white soup, rich in umami from the chicken, skin, and bones. Collagen and gelatin contribute to a smooth texture.RECIPE_HEADEND