[Sca-cooks] Period Japanese or other oriental soup recipes
nostrand at acm.org
Sat Aug 23 21:12:21 PDT 2008
Greetings from Solveig!
> My son is seeking to make a soup with seaweed but I am not sure if
> this is period. Does anyone have any period recipes?
Dashi is a basic ingredient in Japanese cooking. It is made by
boiling konbu (a kind of seaweed) and dried fish. The dashi
is then strained and used as a basic stock for making soup and other
things. The highest class dried fish is called
katsuo bushi and looks a bit like large pink wood chips. You can also
use dried sardines or other dried fish. Soup is one
of the basic components of a Japanese meal. Sei Shonagon mentions
soup in her griping about how carpenters eat.
Regardless, you can add miso, tofu, mushrooms, or other stuff to your
dashi. Do not boil your soup after adding miso.
If you absolutely can not stand fish or are a very strict vegetarian
you can substitute dried shitake for the katsuo bushi.
Ryorimonogatari has an entire section on soup. Many of these contain
fish, fowl, or meat along with some vegetables.
However, there appear to b a few which contain only vegetables. For
example, if you wish to avoid adding meat, you
can use such things as tofu, daikon, hinoki or oyster mushrooms, &c.
to distinguish your soup.
Your Humble Servant
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