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Sardine Fishball Soup

Sardine Fishball Soup

This chunky soup is budget-friendly, but super delicious. The flavors of the vegetables and broth from the sardines are a tasty combo.

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

Sardines
3
Daikon radish
3-4 cm
Carrot
1/2
Potato
1
Shimeji mushrooms
1/2 pack
Green onions or scallions
1/2
Burdock root
1/2
Ginger
1 thumb's worth
Japanese dashi stock
as needed
Sake
1 teaspoon
Salt
a small amount
Soy sauce
as needed
Katakuriko
1 tablespoon

Steps

1. Cut off the heads of the sardines, butterfly, clean, then remove the skin (leave the small bones).
2. Finely mince the green onion, grate the ginger, and mince together with the sardines on a cutting board. Add the katakuriko halfway through and continue mincing.
3. Add the sake to the minced sardines, then lightly season with salt.
4. Julienne the daikon radish and carrot. Chop the potato into bite-sized pieces, then soak them in water.
5. Bring the dashi soup stock to a boil in a pot, then add the daikon radish, carrot, and potato and simmer. Scoop balls of the sardines with a spoon, then drop them into the soup.
6. Add the shimeji mushrooms and continue to simmer.
7. Once the soup becomes flavorful, add a pinch of salt, stir in some soy sauce. (Some people commented that they add miso to the soup instead of soy sauce; I tried this and it turned out very tasty.)
8. Sprinkle on the green onions and serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

I tried making these since I bought a lot of sardines!