Monday, 5 January 2015

New Year soup with rice cake (Zoni)


A Happy New Year!

One of the dishes I´m always looking forward to have for New Year is a soup with rice cake, called `zoni´.
Rice cake `mochi´ is made of glutinous rice pounded into paste and moulded into shape.
`Zoni´ is an important part of New Year dishes in Japan and there are many varieties in shapes of mochi, in type of stock …etc. 
As I come from Kansai region of Japan, Zoni must have white miso, a round shaped rice cake and a couple of vegetables.
I tried to recreate the dish with the ingredients available where I live (Oslo!).

Serves 4

4 Rice cakes (mochi)**

8 dl / 800 ml Dashi stock (made of kelp and bonito flakes but powder type can be also used)
6 SS / Tbs miso paste (white type)*

4 slices of carrot (make it round.  symbolises sunrise!)
few slices of kohlrabi (kålrabi)
vegetables of your choice

1. boil the carrot and kohlrabi slices until tender.
2.  Put the miso paste in a pan.  Then pour the dashi stock into the miso little by little and mix well.
3.  Place the pan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil then lower the heat and add the rice cakes then cook until the rice cakes are tender.
4.  Add the vegetables.  Once the soup is warm, serve immediately.

*white miso paste can be bought at Helios Colosseum (Middelthuns gate 23, 0368 Oslo)
**rice cakes at Obento (Bernt Ankers gate 4, 0181 Oslo)