Happy National Weed Day! Well, don’t have what I’m talking about? Look at the calendar. It’s 4/20!
Hmm, I can hear someone says “it’s not that WEED, silly!” but you must know, weed to me is always edible, healthy, yummy, mineral dense seaweed!
When you have Japanese food as your meal, you’d probably see a bowl of soup as a side dish. Usually they are miso soup, but sometimes I prefer clear soup especially when I have delicate flavored food.
Soup is good to keep you warm on a cold day, so let’s cook some and warm your body up! Don’t worry, it’s super easy and quick;)
Seaweed and Beancurd Clear Soup
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon wakame seaweed
- Some beancurd stick
- 1 tablespoon bonito soup stock
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce *I use less sodium one like this. Original version was too bold for us.
- Some salt
- 1 bunch scallion – chopped
- For wakame seaweed and beancurd stick, let them soak in lukewarm water and softened, probably about 30 min. Cut in a bite size and set aside.
- Full water in a pot and bring it to boil. Reduce heat and add bonito soup stock, soy sauce, and salt.
- In a bowl, place wakame seaweed and beancurd. Pour soup and sprinkle scallion. Enjoy!
Mmm, now I can leave from a stack of blankets!
By the way, I noticed how interesting people eat their food depending on what culture they grow up in. I grew up in Japan and people like to switch what to eat in the middle of eating. For example, if there is a grilled fish, small salad, miso soup, rice, and tea, I’d start eating from a bite of salad, then fish, and a bite of rice, to wash up my mouth, take a few slurp of miso soup, and occasional slurp of tea. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to finish all miso soup in the middle of eating. That’s how I eat and have observed how Japanese people eat. But, I’ve visited/worked in Japanese restaurant and they bring miso soup and salad first, and they try to take them away when the main dish arrives. My dinner buddy, who grew up in Japanese family in the US, follows how restaurants expect you to eat. So when I visit a restaurant, I try to finish soup and salad before the main dish arrives, and when I feel I miss soup while eating my main dish, I look at my neighbor table’s soup and send a telepathy to give me a little slurp: unfortunately never prevailed.
<Other Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm>
Assemble all leftover veggies in a pot! Hearty Tomato Soup
Rich earthy flavor from mushroom! Cream Mushroom Soup
Don’t forget to eat Protein! Black Bean Soup
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)