Japanese New Year's Soup - Ozoni

Ozoni is a deliciously light and simple soup of chicken, vegetables and mochi that is eaten on New Year's Day in Japan. Here in the West, Ozoni is a very welcome contrast from all the heavy fare I've indulged in over the holidays, so it will be a welcome addition to my table today. Because Ozoni is so easy and quick to make, it's perfect for anytime with any ingredients you have on hand. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Dashi stock 1 Liter
Sliced carrots 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Daikon 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , thinly sliced
Boneless skinless chicken thighs 2 , cut into small bite size pieces
Mochi 50 Gram , cubed (Cut into 8 cubes)
Snow pea 50 Gram (8 pieces)
Enoki mushroom 45 Gram (4 medium shiitake mushrooms can be used as an alternative)
Napa cabbage 50 Gram , cut into bite size pieces
Light soy sauce/Soy sauce 1 Dash (usukuchi)
Salt To Taste
Lemon zest 1 Dash

Directions

GETTING READY

1. Take about 8 cubes of mochi and put them under the broiler turning sides frequently until they turn golden brown in color.

MAKING

2. Take a medium saucepan and heat up a liter of dashi stock and add to it the thinly sliced carrots and daikon. Cook for a couple of minutes covered.

3. Add two boneless and skinless chicken thigh pieces. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes.

4. When the chicken is done add the snow peas, napa cabbage and enoki mushrooms and continue to cook covered until the cabbage is wilted and the peas are bright green in color. This will be done in a minute.

5. Finally season with some usukuchi or soy sauce and salt to taste.

FINALIZING

6. Take a serving bowl and throw in the small bit of lemon zest at the bottom and spoon into the bowl the soup along with the vegetables.

7. Finally add the roasted mochi cubes on top allowing half of each cube to remain above the surface of the soup.

SERVING

8. Serve warm.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 108Calories from Fat 24

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g4.6%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 386 mg16.08%

Total Carbohydrates 11 g3.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 10 g20%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet