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Ozoni お雑煮 – Japanese New Year Mochi Soup (Kanto Style)

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  • Ozoni (Japanese New Year Mochi Soup) is an important dish for the Japanese New Year. This clear dashi-based mochi soup with chicken and seasonal vegetables is enjoyed in the Kanto region (Eastern Japan). 

    A black and gold lacquered bowl containing Japanese New Year Soup Ozoni.

    Ozoni (お雑煮) is a mochi soup that we eat along with Osechi Ryori (traditional dishes) on New Year’s Day in Japan. The preparation for ozoni varies both by household and region.

    I’ve shared Kansai (western Japan) style Ozoni recipe before, so this year I’m sharing Kanto (eastern Japan) style Ozoni.

    Watch How To Make Ozoni (Kanto Style) 関東風お雑煮の作り方

    Japanese New Year Mochi Soup, Ozoni recipe. This clear dashi based mochi soup with chicken is enjoyed in the Kanto region (Eastern Japan).

    The Kanto Style Ozoni

    Unlike white miso-based Ozoni enjoyed in western Japan (Kansai, Shikoku, and Kyushu regions), clear dashi-based soup is the mainstream in Tokyo and eastern Japan (Read this post to learn some of the differences between eastern and western Japan.).

    The soup includes toasted mochi, chicken, and komatsuna (小松菜) – Japanese mustard spinach, usually harvested in winter months.

    A black and gold lacquered bowl containing Japanese New Year Soup Ozoni.

    Ingredients for Ozoni

    As each family has its own recipe, there are often colorful ingredients added like fish cakes (kamaboko), dried shiitake, and the carrot that is cut out in a pretty flower shape (here’s how to make it).

    Some of the key ingredients for ozoni – such as komatsuna, yuzu (citrus), and mitsuba (Japanese parsley) – can be hard to find outside of Japan and you might need to substitute or skip.

    If you’re in the U.S., first check out large Japanese Japanese supermarkets like NijiyaMitsuwa, and Marukai, where they usually fully stocked for New Year’s ingredients.

    A black and gold lacquered bowl containing Japanese New Year Soup Ozoni.

    Interested in Kansai-style Ozoni?

    If you’re interested in Kansai-style Ozoni with white miso, check out the video and recipe with step by step pictures.

    A black and gold lacquered bowl containing Japanese New Year Soup Ozoni.

    Living outside Japan, it’s hard to recreate an authentic Oshogatsu (New Year’s Day) experience; however, I do try my best to keep the Oshogatsu spirit going with Japanese New Year’s decorations around the house, otoshidama (monetary gifts), and food.

    Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! 良いお年を!

    A black and gold lacquered bowl containing Japanese New Year Soup Ozoni.

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    A black and gold lacquered bowl containing Japanese New Year Soup Ozoni.
    Ozoni (Japanese New Year Mochi Soup) - Kanto Style
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     
    Ozoni (Japanese New Year Mochi Soup) is one of the popular Osechi Ryori dishes. This clear dashi based mochi soup with chicken and seasonal vegetables is enjoyed in Kanto region (Eastern Japan).
    Course: Soup
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: mochi soup, zoni
    Servings: 4
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    For Chicken
    • 1 Tbsp sake
    • ¼ tsp kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    For Soup
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Ozoni Kanto Ingredients
    2. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and put them in a small bowl, add ¼ tsp. kosher salt.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 1
    3. Add sake and mix well with hands. Let the chicken marinated for 15 minutes.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 2
    4. Meanwhile blanch the komatsuna or spinach in boiling water and cook until tender (do not over cook). Soak in iced water after removing from pot to stop cooking further.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 3
    5. Squeeze the water out and cut into 1.25 inch (3 cm) length.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 4
    6. Make a knot with each Mitsuba’s stem. Peel the yuzu skin.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 5
    7. If there is too much pith was removed along with yuzu’s skin, trim with knife. Julienne the yuzu peel very thinly.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 6
    8. Add 4 cups (960 ml) dashi in a large saucepan or pot and bring it to boil. Once boiling, add the chicken pieces.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 7
    9. Once all the chicken is added, cover to cook for 5-7 minutes, depending on the size of chicken.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 8
    10. Once the chicken is cooked, skim the foam and fat on the surface.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 9
    11. Add 1 Tbsp. sake, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, and 1 tsp. kosher salt. Mix well and keep it on simmer.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 10
    12. When everything else is ready, start toasting mochi in a toaster oven. Optionally you can do this on a frying pan or oven as well.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 11
    13. Serve the chicken and soup, add the mochi and komatsuna, and finally topped with mitsuba and yuzu. Enjoy immediately.
      Ozoni Kanto Style 12
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

     

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