Japanese New Year Soup


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Soups and Stews

Soups and Stews

By The Editors of Saveur

Published 2015

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In Japanese homes, ozoni is traditionally eaten on the first day of the year. It combines slices of pink-rimmed fish cake, chicken, daikon, carrot, and shiitake mushrooms in a flavorful broth. It also includes chewy rice cakes (mochi), which are first oven toasted until they resemble campfire marshmallows.


  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 boneless


  1. Place shiitakes in a bowl. Bring 1 cup stock to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan and pour over shiitakes; let sit until softened, 4–6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer shiitakes to another bowl and discard stems. Pour stock back into pan, discarding any dirt or sediment.
  2. Add remaining stock and the chicken to pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and