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Easy Red Bean Soup Made with Store-Bought Anko

Easy Red Bean Soup Made with Store-Bought Anko

I decided to go easy on myself this New Year's, and bought anko from a Japanese confectionary store rather than making it from scratch.
The black sugar adds a great depth to the flavor.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Anko (koshi-an or tsubu-an)
400 g
Water
1 cup (200 ml)
Black sugar
1 tablespoon
Salt
4 pinches
Mochi
as desired

Steps

1. In a small pot, combine the anko, water, and black sugar. Then simmer over a low heat.
2. Grill the mochi.
3. Pour some of the anko soup into a soup bowl. Top with the grilled mochi. Then, pour some more soup on top.
4. Add a pinch of salt to finish, and serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

My husband's family have always made ozouni (rice cakes in sweet soup) with anko.