All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.

2015-06-10

Nori to nanohana no osuimono / clear soup with nori seaweed and field mustard flowers

A very quick, light soup to accompany other dishes. Nanohana field mustard flowers make a pretty contrast to the black purple backdrop of nori seaweed, which also deepens the aroma of the soup.



12 calories (1/2 of recipe); 1.7 g protein; 0.3 g fat; 1.5 g carbohydrate; 0.8 g net carbs; 212 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.7 g fiber


<Ingredients>
300 cc dashi 
2/3 tsp usukuchi soy sauce
1/2 tsp shiokoji salted rice malt
1 sheet nori seaweed
Small handful nanohana field mustard flowers (10 g in photo)

<Directions>
1.

In a pot, heat dashi, usukuchi soy sauce and shiokoji.

2.

Meanwhile, chop nanohana into 3-4 cm, and separate flowers and greens (unopened buds and stems).

3.

When broth boils, tear nori by hand, and add to broth.
Add green parts of nanohana, and cook until done (color becomes vivid green).

4.

Serve in bowls, and garnish with nanohana flowers.

<Notes>
  • If shiokoji is not at hand, use a tiny amount of salt.
  • Flowers or buds of the brassica family of vegetables (mizuna, mibuna, mustard greens, yu choy sum, komatusna, kabu Japanese turnip, gailan Chinese broccoli, etc.) work well. No access to these flowers? Put some seeds in soil, water regularly, and wait for several weeks or a few months...
  • If you are harvesting the flower ends of stems of a bolting vegetable, use only the soft parts. Stems you cannot easily bend with your fingers would be too tough for this recipe.
  • This soup is also a good way to finish up any leftover nori from onigiri or sushi rolls.

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