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Japanese Gastronomy: Chicken Bones Soup Stock: Tori Gara Soup-Basic Recipe

Quite a few friends, especially the ones who like ramen and any soup staock, have been asking me to re-pi\ublish the basic recipe for a very popular soup stock: Chicken Bones Soup Stock or Tori Gara Soup in Japanese!

It is called “Tori-gara soup”/鶏がらスープ in Japanese, as it means “Chicken carcass soup”.

The following recipe is basic and can be expanded and amended at will. It has also the merit to be useful for any kind of gastronomy, be it Asian, American, European, or African soups or sauces!

INGREDIENTS: As for quantities, do experiment!

-Chicken carcass and bones
-Long leeks
-Garlic
-Ginger (fresh if possible)
-Laurel (fried leaves)
-Black pepper (coarsely ground)
-Japanese sake (if you don’t have any, white wine should be ok)
-Fruit (apples are best)
Soy sauce

RECIPE:

Chicken carcass:
This is cheap and can be bought whole, unless you buy a whole chicken, dress it for another recipe and keep the bones and carcass. The latter can be deep-frozen, so don’t throw them away!

Break the bones roughly as the soup ingredients come from their insides. Clean then in running cold water. Drain them and leave them exposed in a recipient in the refrigerator for a whole night.

Leeks:
You will need a large pot to make your soup.
Use long leeks of the variety above if you can get them. Actually any leeks should do. Cut them in practical pieces.

Ginger:
If possible get it fresh. If slightly dried up as found in Asian markets abroad, no problem.
A piece 5×5 cm (2×2 inches) should be enough.
Peel it and cut into rough slices.

Garlic:
Use it as fresh as possible.
Take out their core out as it is almost indigestible.
One clove should be enough. Slice it roughly after crushing it.

Laurel:
2 dried leaves are enough.

Black pepper:
Grind it over the soup. Quantity is much up to preferences.

Japanese sake:
Use real sake or cooking sake.
You definitely need it.
If unavailable, use dry white wine.

Soy sauce:
Here too, quantity is much up to your preferences.

Fruit:
Fruit will provide you the right balance.
Apples are best.
Cut them in small pieces beforehand.

Fill the pan with water.
Drop in the whole carcass and bones.
Bring to boil.
Switch off fire.
Throw all the water away and refill with clean water. This is an important point. It might be troublesome, but if you don’t proceed accordingly the soup will be a failure!
Throw in all the ingredients cited above and stew over a low fire, scooping out unwanted matters and scum regularly.

After 3~4 hours, taste the soup, which should have become whitish and slightly opaque with bone fat floating on top. If it is still too bland, continue stewing.

Strain the soup into a clean pan.
The soup, whenever reheated, should be done so without a lid.

Having strained the soup, you will find there is still plenty of meat left on the bones.
It would be a shame to throw it away!
Just taste it and you will understand!

Pick the bones out carefully and throw away the rest.
The meat should come off easily enough to be done by hand.

Do be careful though when you do so as the meat will contain hidden bones piece, which are sharp!

I’m sure you can use all that meat for another succulent recipe!

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Japanese Chicken Meatballs and Rice Vermicelli Soup

I love chicken and meat balls!
Now, if you can make them healthy, so much the better!
Here is a recipe that you can use both as an appetizer or as a main dish:

Japanese Chicken Balls and rice vermicelli Soup!
Note that yam is used to make the meatballs light and tender!

RECIPE: For 2~ people

-Minced chicken (any part of the animal is fine): 300 g
-Yam/yamaimo/山芋: 5 cm-long piece
-Eggs: 2
-White leek: half and finely chopped
-Water: 600 cc/ml
-Chicken soup bouillon powder: 2~3 teaspoons
-Japanese sake (or whit wine if unavailable): 1 tablespoon
-Freshly grated ginger: as appropriate
-Salt & pepper: according to preferences!
-Rice vermicelli/Haruzame/春雨: 100 g
-Carrot: 3 cm-long piece (cut to preference)
-Green leek: as appropriate (cut/chopped to preference)

RECIPE:

-Grate the yam into a bowl. Chop the white leek finely and add with minced chicken and egg. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper as you like (I personally don’t!).

-In a large pot pour and heat the water. Add salt, pepper, Japanese sake, grated ginger and chicken bouillon powder. Cook for a while to create a tasty soup.
During that time soften the rice vermicelli in lukewarm water and cut green leek and carrot to preferred size.

-When soup is ready add the carrot.

-Shape meatballs with spoons and drop them directly in the soup.
Lower fire and cover with a glass lid. Once the meatballs have come to the surface, add the rice vermicelli.

-Once the rice vermicelli are cooked add chopped green leeks and serve.
Either bring the pot onto the table and serve from it into bowls or serve directly into individual bowls or plates!

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Japanese Cuisine: Meat Balls, Chinese Cabbage & Rice Vermicelli Soup

The Japanese are very fond of two culinary delights, namely dango/団子 or meat balls and haruzame/春雨(Spring Rain) or rice vermicelli.
They do make for great and simple combinations.
How about the following one:

Meat Balls, Chinese Cabbage & Rice Vermicelli Soup

INGREDIENTS: For basic recipe. You can multiply it at will!

-Chinese cabbage: 6 leaves
-Pork belly: 80 g
-Chicken lean breast: 60 g
-Panko/breadcrumbs: 1 tablespoon
-Japanese sake: 1 tablespoon
-Fresh (if possible) ginger juice: 1/2 teaspoon
-Rice vermicelli/Haruzame (dry weight): 20 g
-Egg (beaten): 1/2
-Water: 3 cups/600 cc/ml
-Chicken bouillon: 1 cube or as appropriate, crumbled into powder.
-Salt: 1 teaspoon (can be varied according to preferences and priorities)
-Pepper: as appropriate

RECIPE:

-Chop the core of Chinese cabbage finely, and cut the leafy part in 5 cm square pieces.

-Humidify lightly the panko/breadcrumbs with lukewarm water if coarse. Us them as they are if they are fine.

-Drop the pork belly and chicken lean breast in a food processor and mince. Add the sake, panko/breadcrumbs, ginger juice, beaten egg and a little salt. Mix.

-Soften the rice vermicelli in slightly salted lukewarm water and drain.

-In a pan pour the water. Add cut Chinese cabbage, salt, pepper and chicken bouillon. Cover with lid and cook over a small fire until the Chinese cabbage has become translucent.

-Fashion balls with the processed meat. Add to the Chinese cabbage and cover with lid. Cook over small fire for up to 20 minutes.

-Add the rice vemicelli and cook for 3 more minutes.

-Serve as shown in above picture.
Add some finely chopped thin leeks for a “green” finishing note!

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Celery Vichyssoise

It is celery high season in Shizuoka Prefecture which produces half of all celery cultivated in Japan.
Vichyssoise, a soup named after the city of Vichy in Central France was apparently created by Louis Diat, a Frenchman living in the United States.
There is a plethora of vichyssoises, be they hot, cold or chilled.
Here is a simple suggestion made with celery you can easily improvise on especially on quantities!

Celery Vichyssoise!

INGREDIENTS: For 4~ people

-Onion: 1/2 finely sliced
-Celery: 1 finely sliced
-Potato: 1 finely sliced
-Butter: as appropriate
-Chicken consomme soup (water: 500 cc/2 1/2 cuos + 2 chicken bouillon standard cubes)
-Milk: as appropriate
-Fresh cream: as appropriate
-Salt and pepper: to taste

RECIPE:

-In a all-purpose large enough pan, drop butter and melt before first dropping in the sliced onion you will fry over a medium fire until it becomes translucent. Add sliced celery and potato and fry gently, taking care that the colour does not change.

-When all butter has been wholly absorbed by the vegetables, add the chicken consomme and cook until the vegetables start disintegrating.

-Transfer the whole into a food mixer and process.

-Transfer into a large bowl set over a larger bowl containg ice to chill the soup. Add milk to thin it to your convenience. Check taste and rectify with appropriate amounts of salt and pepper. Leave inside refrigerator to chill the soup thoroughly.

-Add appropriate amount of fresh cream and stir before serving.
Top the soup with small celery leaves for better effect!

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Rutabaga Vegetarian Veloute

I have noticed a great interest for rutabaga or Swede turnip 8actually comes with many names) and have always been wndering about many recipes.
It can be prepared almost in the same way as pumpkins, kabocha and potimarrons.

Here is a simple French cuisine-inspired recipe:

Rutabaga Veloute!

INGREDIENTS: For 4 people

-Rutabaga: 1 kg
-Onion: 1 large
-Carrot: 1
-Garlic: 1 clove
-Milk: 750 ml/cc
-Water: 250 ml/cc
-Sugar: 1 tablespoon
-Salt & Pepper: to taste
-Fresh cream: 100 g
-Safran: a few threads
-Chervil: a few leaves

PREPARATION:

-Peel and cut the rutabaga in cubes.
-Peel the carrot and onion and slice.
-Peel and crush the garlic

RECIPE:

-In a large saucepan, drop the rutabaga, carrot, onion and crushed garlic.

-Cover with the milk and water. Add the sugar, salt and pepper.

-Bring to boil, reduce fire so to simmer for 40 minutes.

-Blend the soup in a blender/food processor. or with an electric mixer.
Add the fresh cream and mix.

-Serve decorated with a few safran threads and finely chopped chervil.

NOTES:

-You may add to this soup cooked chestnuts or fried mushrooms!

– You can serve it hot or chilled!

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Cold Avocado Soup

Avocadoes are popular, plentiful and becomeing cheaper.
Here is a hearty and delicious, but simple recipe for a refreshing soup, especially in hot climate.
Bear in mind you will have to check the Chicken Bones Soup Stock recipe first!

INGREDIENTS: For about 4 people

-Avocadoes: 2 large
-Lemon juice: half a lemon
-Chicken bones soup stock: 1 cup/200 cc/ml
-Yoghurt: 2~3 cups/400~600 cc/ml
-Salt: a little
-Black pepper to taste
-Other spices: optional and to taste

RECIPE:

Choose your avocadoes ripe.
Cut them cleanly and throw seed away.
Peel carefully and cut into quarters.

Drop the avocado quarter into a large food processor.

Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.

Add the chicken bones soup stock.
A cup is the right amount. More, and the taste will greatly vary!

Add the yoghurt.
As for the yoghurt you can add mre if you really wish to.

Process until smooth.

Add salt and pepper (and optional spices).
Process quickly to mix them in.
Check taste and rectify if needed.

Serve in glass plates or bowls.
Do think oabout the presentation!

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Vegan White Miso Soup

As promised, back to my vegan and vegetarian friends to whom I promised this series of dashi-based (for most of them) soups (and other dishes).
Miso is increasingly becoming popular.
Check the miso posting!
And check the dashi posting, too!

Vegan White Miso Soup!

INGREDIENTS: For one person

-Egg-plant/aubergine: 1 half
-Onion: 1/4 (sliced)
-Konbu dashi/seaweed soup stock: 1 cup/ 200cc/ml
-White miso paste: 1 tablespoon
-White leek cut into very fine strips for decoration and finishing taste point

RECIPE:

1-Cut the egg-plant/aubergine into thin slices. Wash in water.

2-Pour some oil in a frypan and fry the egg-plant/aubergines slices until both sides are slightly brown.

3-Pour the konbu dashi into a pan. Add the sliced onion and simmer for a while until onuon are soft enough.

4-Add fried egg-plant/aubergines. Add and mix in white miso paste.

5-Serve in a bowl with chopped white leeks.

NOTE:

The miso contains enough salt, so no need to add any really.
I also add ground sesame seeds before serving.
One can add some sesame oil when frying the egg-plants/aubergines.
Add spices according to preferences.

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