A key component of his daily routine is consuming great quantities of food—10,000 calories worth of food each day, estimates the wrestling champion.
At the core of his diet is the chankonabe, the one-pot Japanese stew commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers as part of a weight-gain diet, which Byamba has made 1,800 to 2,000 times in his life. The stew has a dashi or chicken broth-based soup (or in the case of Byama, a fish broth) mixed in with large amounts of protein—chicken, fried fish balls, tofu—and tons of vegetables. Byama plunges in bok choy, ginger, daikon, green onions, and mushrooms in his interpretation of the stew, forgoes the chicken for hunks of beef, and adds pieces of beautifully-grilled salmon to the meal. Byamba pairs the stew and sides with rice and beer.
“Chanko makes me stronger,” says Byamba in the video. It also gives him a “balanced body,” something that eating junk food would certainly fail to deliver.
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Inside URBO, the $29 million Times Square barstaurant behemoth. [Gothamist]
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