Temple Vegetarian Soup inspired by Kenchin-jiru

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TEMPLE VEGETARIAN SOUP – KENCHIN-JIRU
TEMPLE VEGETARIAN SOUP – KENCHIN-JIRU

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Jessica Silldorff
Temple Vegetarian Soup inspired by Kenchin-jiru
Budget-friendly recipe
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Enjoy this soothing soup inspired by an old recipe from a famous Japanese Buddhist temple. It tastes even better the next day!

Ingredients

2
pieces
optional
3
cups
2
or medium red potatoes
1
or rutabaga
12
ounces
2
teaspoons
½
teaspoon
2
sliced thinly

What You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • peeler
  • Knife
  • Slotted spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • liquid measuring cup

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine konbu, dried mushrooms, stock, and water. Bring just to a boil. Then, lower heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and cut the vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Break (or cut) the tofu into similar sized pieces.
  3. Remove the mushrooms with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool. Add the root vegetables to the mushroom broth. Return the soup to a boil. Then, simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally and skim any foam that rises.
  4. When the mushrooms are cool enough to cut, trim off their stems and quarter their caps. Add mushrooms and tofu to the soup. Simmer another 10 minutes.
  5. Season the soup with soy sauce and sesame oil. Sprinkle with green onions just before serving.

Chef Tips

  • Konbu are dried sheets of kelp, a large seaweed that grows in deep ocean water. Rich in minerals, it is a staple in Japanese cooking and adds depth to many dishes. In its place, you can add a few more dried mushrooms.

  • If you live near a Japanese market, look for several other traditional ingredients for this soup. Try burdock, a long, thin root that is packed with fiber. Japanese families often add konyakku, a firm cake made from a special kind of yam. Various types of tofu, such as fried puffs or marinated squares, also appear in this soup.

Nutrition Info and more

Serving size:
cups
Total calories:
153
Total fat:
2.5 g
Saturated fat:
<1 g
Carbohydrates:
29.5 g
Protein:
7.4 g
Fiber:
4.5 g
Sodium:
372 mg
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