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Soy Milk Shabu Shabu Hot Pot

Soy Milk Shabu Shabu Hot Pot

There's a certain Japanese restaurant that's famous for kumi-age soft yuba and tofu kaiseki meals. I love the soy milk pork shabu-shabu that they serve, so I came up a similar recipe.

Ingredients

"A" Soy milk
400 ml
"A" Kombu dashi soup stock
400 ml
"A" Dashi soy sauce (I used Yamaki brand's kappou shiro-dashi)
150 ml
Onion
1/4
White part of Japanese leek
1
"B" Toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon
Silken tofu
as much as you like
"C" Shabu-shabu grade sliced pork
as much as you like
"C" Enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, mizuna, Chinese cabbage
as much as you like
"C" Toasted sesame seeds
to taste
"C" Dried yuzu citrus zest
to taste
Minced green onions or scallions
to taste
Kombu dashi soup stock
to taste

Steps

1. Prepare plenty of kombu dashi soup stock by soaking the kombu in a pot full of water, then removing it right before the water comes to a boil.
2. Mince the onions as thinly as possible. Finely slice the Japanese leek into rounds. Cut the tofu into 5 cm cubes.
3. Combine all of the "A" ingredients in an earthenware pot, heat, and add half of the tofu right from Step 2 right before it comes to a boil.
4. I used Yamaki brand's "Kappou Shiro-dashi." Adjust the amount to taste.
5. When the soup from Step 3 comes to a boil, turn off the heat, and add the onion and Japanese leek from Step 2 and add the "B" toasted sesame seeds.
6. Chop the "C" ingredients into your preferred sizes, prepare the minced green onions, then it's done To me, the mizuna is essential.
7. Bring a portable stove to the table, and enjoy eating shabu shabu all together If it boils down too much, add more of the kombu dashi stock.
8. I finish the meal with ramen served in the leftover soup, but it also tastes great risotto-style; just add rice. No seasonings; just garnish with green onions.
9. At the restaurant, they also finish this off by adding rice to create a risotto-style dish. Grind black pepper over before serving.

Story Behind this Recipe

There's a certain tofu restaurant franchise that I love, since it is reasonably priced.
I had their seasonal soy milk pork shabu-shabu dish, and it blew me away.
I tried to replicate the flavor at home... and this is the closest I could get to it.