Taro Root Kenchin-jiru 80kcal / per person

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recipe number 21003
cooking time 30 minutes
comment Kenchin-jiru is made with tofu, daikon, carrot and shiitake mushrooms. The meaning of kenchin is not known but some believe that kenchin comes from Kencho-jiru which used to be prepared at the Zen temple Kenchoji in Kamakura.
image A soup with tofu and vegetables. Enjoy the flavor of vegetables as it is.
Momen (firm) tofu 50 g
Dashi stock 2 cups
Light soy sauce 1 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Sesame oil 1 tsp

Wrap the tofu in a paper towel to absorb any excess water. Cut the taro root into bite-sized pieces, the daikon into long, thin sticks (hyoshigi-giri), the carrot into thick half-moons (hangetsu-giri) and the burdock into rough small chunks (ran-giri). Tear the konnyaku into bite-sized pieces.

Fry the taro root, the carrots, the burdock and the konnyaku in a pot. Add a small quantity of the dashi and the daikon, cook for a while and then add pieces of the tofu torn by hand.

Add the remaining dashi and bring to a boil. Remove any soup scum and season with salt and light soy sauce. Simmer over low heat until the vegetables are soft and add the sesame oil to finish.

technique Usually kenchin-jiru is prepared by sautéing tofu and vegetables with sesame oil, while in this recipe the sesame oil is added at the end to make the most of its flavor.
  1. Wrap the tofu in a paper towel to absorb any excess water. Cut the taro root into bite-sized pieces, the daikon into long, thin sticks (hyoshigi-giri), the carrot into thick half-moons (hangetsu-giri) and the burdock into rough small chunks (ran-giri). Tear the konnyaku into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Fry the taro root, the carrots, the burdock and the konnyaku in a pot. Add a small quantity of the dashi and the daikon, cook for a while and then add pieces of the tofu torn by hand.
  3. Add the remaining dashi and bring to a boil. Remove any soup scum and season with salt and light soy sauce. Simmer over low heat until the vegetables are soft and add the sesame oil to finish.