Easy yet Authentic Matsutake Flavor Ozoni Mochi Soup
“Zoni (雑煮)”, also politely called “Ozoni (お雑煮)”, is a traditional Japanese Mochi dish that represents Japan’s New Year’s Day festivities.
As you may know, it is a soup dish whose main ingredient is plain rice cake called “Mochi (餅)” and made with miscellaneous ingredients that vary depending on the region and each household.
So there are many variations of Ozoni soup in Japan, some of which are flavored with miso, but many come in soy sauce-based dashi-rich clear soup varieties.
For your reference, typical ingredients widely used in Zoni include chicken, daikon radish, carrot, and burdock root, and the Mochi soup is often served in a lacquered soup bowl.
Delicious Matsutake Flavor Ozoni Recipe
Since O-Zoni is one of the most popular Japanese Mochi dishes, if you search the recipe online, many results pop up. Those top-result Zoni soups are of course made from scratch and most likely delicious.
Featuring the nice fragrance of Matsutake mushrooms, the instant Matsutake soup is an authentic, fine-tasting Osuimono soup packed with umami including Katsuobushi bonito extract, and has long been loved in Japan.
The Ozoni recipe is on the official website of Nagatanien, so according to the instructions, I actually made the Mochi soup. And for people who are curious about the taste, here I share the cooking process with photos.
|1||First, bake a piece of Kiri-Mochi in a toaster oven. For 4 to 5 minutes at 230°C (446°F), until it swells|
|2||While baking the mochi, make instant Suimono soup; put the Nagatanien Matsutake Osuimono soup base in a bowl|
|3||And pour 180 ml of boiling water and stir lightly with chopsticks or the like|
|4||Take the cooked Mochi rice cake out from the oven and add into the Matsutake Suimono soup|
|5||(Optional) As a finishing, garnish the soup with your desired ingredients. By the way, this time I added Kamaboko (fish cake) slices and Mitsuba leaves.|
|6||Enjoy the Matsutake Osuimono Ozoni!|
As I expected, the Matsutake Osuimono Ozoni Mochi soup was exquisitely delicious! The taste is very elegant and very Japanese, absolutely worth a try if you love traditional Japanese cuisine!
(Note that cooked Mochi rice cake is chewy, stretchy, and very sticky, so please be cautious not to choke on it.)