These are perfect at Setsubun! The custom is to face the auspicious direction of that year and gobble one up in total silence. There are seven ingredients to represent the seven lucky gods.
I wanted to make these after hearing about them from a Kansai-born friend.
You can rehydrate the shiitake and kanpyo in the refrigerator the night before. This makes a rich dashi broth.
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