Stew for Dieters with Maitake Mushrooms, Agar Agar and Soy Milk

Stew for Dieters with Maitake Mushrooms, Agar Agar and Soy Milk

Eat the broth as well to feel super full. The vegetables and agar are great for digestion! It's crunchy and good for your skin. It's full of water-soluble and non-water-soluble fiber so it prevents obesity, and relieves constipation!

Ingredients: One heaping serving

One slice
Your favorite mushroom (maitake, enoki, shimeji etc.)
100-150 g assorted
Your favorite vegetables (Chinese cabbage, daikon radish, bean sprouts, green onions, and other leftover vegetables)
200-300 g assorted
✿Kanten powder
1.5 teaspoons
✿Dashi stock granules
1.5 teaspoons
1 tablespoon
✿Ginger (Fresh and cut into thin strips, or grated)
One piece
Soy milk
200 ml


1. Place 200 ml water and ✿ into a pot (I used a mini sukiyaki pot ). Add the ingredients that take longer to cook such as the salmon, root ingredients, and leftover vegetables etc. Cover with a lid, and steam-boil without letting it burn.
2. When the ingredients have mostly cooked through, add the ingredients that are easier to cook. Add in the bean sprouts and mushrooms etc., steam-boil over a low heat until it all cooks through.
3. Finally, add the soy milk, and turn down to a low heat. The soy milk will separate if it boils, so be careful! Don't heat up the kanten if you want to enjoy the jiggly and wobbly texture.
4. Scatter the green onions and enjoy. The kanten will make the broth solidify when it cools. This is delicious if you eat together with the thickened broth.
5. Enhance the flavor and healthiness by adding popular sake lees and miso lees. Sake-kasu lees contains alcohol, so boil the soup to evaporate the alcohol.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is how I use up my extra veggies. I add in vegetable skins, stems, hard leaves, and whatever else my husband doesn't eat to the pot, boil it, and eat it. Cooking the mushrooms other than the maintake over a low heat is best for bringing out the sliming effect and enhancing the flavor. Please refer to "Diet Maitake Broth" (Recipe ID: 1020191) for some wisdom about maitake mushrooms.