Oshiruko : Easy & Authentic Japanese Red Bean Soup Recipe
Have you ever eaten or heard of the Japanese food “Oshiruko (お汁粉)”?, which we Japanese customarily have during the wintertime.
Oshiruko (お汁粉) or Shiruko (汁粉)
Oshiruko itself is a simple, sweet soup made from water, salt, sweetened Azuki red bean paste. After making the soup, we often add baked or steamed Mochi rice cakes to the soup and enjoy them together.
It is said that the origin of Oshiruko soup dates back to about 400 years ago, when the original form of Oshiruko was called “Susuri Dango (すすりだんご)”.
In modern times, some small traditional Japanese-style sweets’ restaurants called “Kanmidokoro (甘味処)” offer Oshiruko, but we usually have the sweet red bean soup at home.
The reason why Japanese eat Oshiruko soup with Mochi rice cakes in winter
One primary reason why Japanese often have Oshiruko soup with Mochi rice cakes in the winter season (especially after New Year’s holidays) is that we have a custom of displaying the traditional Mochi rice cake “Kagami-Mochi (鏡餅)” in the house during the New Year holiday season.
Kagami Mochi is the auspicious round rice cake offered to a god or a buddha and is known as one of New Year’s traditional decorations for good luck in Japan.
When New Year’s holidays come to the end, we eat the lucky Mochi rice cake, making Oshiruko or other Mochi dishes, wishing for a peaceful and quiet life throughout the year.
Easy and Authentic Oshiruko Recipe
As I wrote above, the basic Oshiruko recipe is simple. Besides, if you make it using canned sweetened Azuki beans, you can easily enjoy the Japanese winter soup dish with authentic taste. Therefore, finally let me introduce the very easy making method.
(Note that Mochi rice cake is very sticky and chewy, so please be cautious not to choke on it.)
|Morinaga Ogura An (Amazon.com)||15.16 Oz|
|Mochi rice cake (Amazon.com)||2 to 4 pieces|
|Salt||A little amount|
- Bake Mochi rice cakes in a toaster until they become swelled and light brown
- Put Ogura An and water in a pot and heat the mixture to the boiling point
- Once it has boiled, add a pinch of salt and stir the soup lightly. Then turn off the heat
- Place baked Mochi rice cakes in a bowl and pour the Azuki red bean soup into it
- Ready to eat, enjoy the sweet Oshiruko soup!