Tori no mizutaki (chicken stew)
Source: Ken Iisaka
Ingredients (For those in North America)
* 1 lb chicken drumsticks chopped into 1-inch pieces (Use cleaver or
* 1 lb tofu, pressed and drained, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 1 bundle watercress
* 1 Chinese cabbage, cut into 2-inch pieces
* 2 cups shirataki (or substitute bean vermicelli, available at your
nearest Chinese grocery store)
* 2 cups spring onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
* 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced diagonally
* 8 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in water (Keep this water.)
* 1 2 inch x 6 inch kombu seaweed, or
* 2 tsp. dashi powder (not for purists)
* 1 cup Kikkoman soy sauce
* 1/2 cup rice vinegar
* 1 lemon
Add 1 inch of water to a 12-inch table-top skillet (electric or gas,
whatever is available). Add the kombu and boil. Just before it starts to
actually boil, remove the kombu. If you are using dashi powder, add it now
(tsk, tsk...). If you soaked the shiitake mushrooms, dump that water in
here, too. Anyway, just put whatever you want to eat in the water to cook it
until ready. Serve with dipping sauce (just mix what's shown above) and lots
of steamed rice. It will make you very warm.
If you have the luxury of obtaining shichimi togarashi, sprinkle in a bit
for added flavour.
When you are finished, dump some rice into the remaining water and cook
gently to make congee. It's soooo good in the morning.
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