Suimono (Soups) and Noodles
Basic Dashi or Japanese Stock Recipes
The foundation of Japanese cooking is a good, clear seaweed and fish broth. Here are several simple recipes.
Bean Sprout Moyashi No Aemono Recipe
Moyashi aemono requires only a quick blanching and a light citrus-soy sauce dressing to make a crisp, fresh salad.
Chilled Somen Noodle Salad Recipe
Light and refreshing, this is like a Japanese pasta salad with a citrus vinaigrette dressing and crisp fresh vegetables.
Chukamen Ramen Noodles from Scratch Recipe
Not many people make ramen noodles from scratch when fresh noodles are so readily available at stores and restaurants, but here is a good homemade recipe in case you feel ambitious.
Hamaguri Ushio-jiro Clam Soup Recipe
This traditional clam soup is often served on Hina-matsuri or Girls’ Day because the clam symbolizes a particular part of the female anatomy.
Hiya Somen Chilled Noodles Recipe
Thin somen noodles cook quickly and may be eaten hot or cold. Perfect for summer meals.
Hiyashi Chukka Cold Egg Noodles Recipe
Chukkamen noodles are made into soups or yaki stir-fry dishes during warmer months but enjoyed chilled during summer.
Japanese Miso Shiru or Miso Soup
There are different renditions of miso soup, but this one is the classic version. A secret to a delicate flavor is not to let the soup boil after the miso has been added.
Nanakusa Gayu Seven Herb Rice Soup
The seventh day of the New Year (January 7th) is an auspicious day celebrated with this seven herb soup that is said to calm an upset stomach.
Oshiruko Mochi Soup Recipe
Little toasted mochi cakes float in a simple broth made with sweet anko.
Shoyu Ramen Recipe
Even if you don't make your ramen (chukamen) noodles from scratch, do try to make your own ramen broth. The difference between instant ramen soup packets and homemade is similar to that of instant bouillon cubes and rich, homemade stock.
Tonkotsu, Butter Corn and Miso Ramen Recipes
Ramen enjoys a cult-like following in Japan with these three popular noodle soup broths with very different flavors.
Toshikoshi Soba Recipes
Toshikoshi means “end of the year” and these buckwheat noodles are eaten on New Year’s Eve to ring out the old year.
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