HEALTHY Japanese Soup (けんちん汁 – Kenchinjiru)

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Kenchinjiru (けんちん汁) is a Vegan Japanese Soup recipe that’s made with a plant-based shiitake and konbu dashi stock. This savory vegan dashi is loaded with veggies and packed with protein thanks to the tofu and edamame. Created by Zen Buddhist monks, Kenchinjiru has a long history within the sub-genre of Shōjin Ryōri (Buddhist monk cuisine), but in recent years, it’s become a staple of Japanese home cooking because it’s both healthy AND delicious! #vegan #plantbased

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INGREDIENTS (makes 4 servings)

30 grams dried shiitake mushrooms (3 large mushrooms)
8 grams konbu
3 1/2 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
140 grams carrots (peeled, sliced)
70 grams gobo (peeled, shaved)
140 grams daikon (peeled, sliced)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/3 cup sake
140 grams Japanese taro (peeled, chopped)
300 grams firm tofu (squeezed and crumbled)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
100 grams shelled edamame
mitsuba (optional garnish)

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  1. I don't like crumbly tofu in my soup it thickens up the broth too much and you don't get enough distinction between the broth and the meaty mushrooms/root veggies. I sliced/cubed up my tofu and baked them at 350f until they are a little browned so that they wont break up when mixing into soup. Love the recipe thank you for inspiration!

  2. Marc, this recipe sounds marvelous! It is cold, rainy, and dreary in Arizona right now and my family has been sick the past few weeks, me being the last one to succumb. This soup sounds like it is the perfect healthy comfort food and I'm going to try it. It sounds better than any medicine a doctor could prescribe! I'll let you know how it works.

  3. Eep, I'm so excited about this recipe! I'm a pescatarian, but try to eat a mostly plant-based diet. Your stoup looks supremely comforting, yet healthy. I can’t wait to make this when it cools down a bit. It still feels like summer in SoCal! Thanks, as always, for your recipes, Marc!

  4. I understand that in a strict vegan diet, onions aren’t allowed because it is a root vegetable and you are killing the plant. Wouldn’t then the carrot 🥕 also be forbidden? I may make this because it is healthful. Good recipe. Does the napkin that you used to drain the tofu count as a hidden Mickey?

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