Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Japanese Lotus Root And Tofu Soup

Quite an achievement I have to say. So far so good with Japanese dishes. After three dishes (Braised Radish, Japanese Sauteed Eggplant and Japanese Radish Mushroom Soup), I'm not saying I know it all about Japanese food but crucially how to make make simple-easy Japanese dishes. Well as said before, I'm a fan of Dosanko cooking program though I'm not parked in the front of the tv all day long. Definitely not to watch Indian dramas/serials for I have enough drama going on my life. 

Because I like to cook or rather I cook for its a commitment to the family, I watch cooking programs to polish my cooking skills. Of course it will be nice if my other half starts cooking but his committed to his business is more appreciated than anything else. Otherwise I couldn't have brought the dashi stock, mirin and sake. Quite expensive you know. All the more those 3 ingredients must be put to good use instead of clogging up my overspilling pantry. That's why I made this soup. Simply made like other soups as well. This smooth Japanese soup with lotus root, mushrooms and white tofu will impress those who love soups with true Japanese flavours.  

300g lotus root - remove skin and slice into rings
1 small leek - sliced
200g dried black mushrooms - soaked to soften and sliced
1 piece white tofu - cubed into medium size pieces
Spring onion for garnishing

For the soup base 
1/2 litre water
2 tbsp dashi powder (or as needed)
2 tbsp mirin
3 tbsp sake
Note: perhaps omit these three ingredients and use vegetable stock or other stocks if you don't feel like buying) 
1 tsp sugar
Salt and white pepper for taste

Simmer lotus root with water to soften. 
Add the rest of the ingredients except tofu and leeks. 
Stir and heat through. 
Add tofu and leeks.
Gently stir as not to break tofu. 
Just after 2-3 mins, remove from heat.
Garnish with spring onion before serving.
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  1. lotus root is one of my favorite soup

  2. I like lotus root! But cleaning it is a real hassle

  3. Lotus root is new to me....if I get it here in Chennai..sure will try :-)


  4. With mirin dashi, you can bring the flavors out of the soup. Yumm.

  5. what lovely and yummy soup:)
    Love the pictures!!

  6. This looks great! Looks like you'll be a Japanese cuisine pro soon enough!


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