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                     ZONI (RICE CAKE SOUP)*** (XPST31A)
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Ethnic                           Soups
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       c            Chicken -- (white meat only)
    1       t            Cornstarch
    1       ea           Kamaboko -- (fish or ham gelat
    1       ea           Carrot
    3       ea           Oriental Taro
      1/2   c            Dashi
      1/2   ts           Shoyu
      1/2   ts           Salt
      1/2   ea           Spinach or Watercress
    1       x            Yuzu skin -- (1emon or lime sk
   12       ea           Mochi (rice cake)
    6       c            Dashi
    1       tb           Shoyu
   C       T  salt Gail some time ago you requested some
   information about Ozoni the Japanese National Dish for
   New Years. There are probably as many recipes for Zoni
   as there are cooks busy preparing the dish but they
   are all fairly similar. Slice the chicken very thin
   and sprinkle with the cornstarch. Then pound the
   chicken with the back of a knife to enlarge the
   pieces. Boil in water for 5 minutes Slice the Kamaboko
   into 6 pieces 1/4 inch thick Slice the carrot into
   thin slices and after peeling the taro slice them into
   thin round slices. Boil the carrots and taro in 1/2 C
   of dashi. When soft add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp
   shoyu. Boil the spinach or watercress in hot water
   being sure to remove them from the boiling water when
   still very green. Cut the greens into 1 inch lengths.
   Slice the Yazu into thin strips to represent pine
   needles. Toast the Rice cakes. Boil 6 cups of dashi
   and flavor with the 1 tbs. salt and the 1 Tbs. shoyu.
   Add the Kamaboko, carrots , taro and the greens. Place
   two pieces of the toasted Mochi, two slices of the
   chicken, 1 slice of the carrot, 2 slices of taro, 1
   slice of the kamaboko and a little of the greens in
   each of six bowls Pour the hot soup over them and then
   float the yazu needles on the top. Naturally any good
   Japanese family in Japan would have had a drink of the
   special TOSO wine prior to the Zoni. With the master
   of the house drinking first, then the mistress
   followed by the children and the the servants last.
   This wine laced with medicinal herbs and spices is
   believed to have disease dispelling qualities and is
   similar to the wines served on New Years by several
   other countries in the world. Fuku-cha is another
   manditory item in their New Years (it is the tea of
   Good fortune) and can either be green tea or seaweed
   tea which is served in tiny cups with a pickled plum
   in each of the cups as a protection from illness
   during the coming year. These formal ritualistic
   observances of the New Year are becomming less common
   throughout Japan now that they have had so much of the
   Western influence however in the rural areas they are
   still followed religiously. It is a shame to see some
   of these interesting observences gradually
   disappearing due to the influence of the western world.
   :         Aloha.....Kapena FROM:    THEODORE SEDGWICK
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