Japanese Mushroom, Tofu and Vermicelli Soup

Japanese Soup recipe shiitake enoki mushrooms tofu vermicelli

Simple and simply wonderful.  That’s the best way to describe this Japanese soup made in just under 10 minutes.  Shiitake mushrooms, soft tofu, and cellophane noodles (also called Chinese vermicelli) form the bulk of this soup along with green onions and delicate enoki mushrooms.  Everything is simmered in a mirin-sake infused broth and served piping hot.

Simple.  Quick.  Elegant.  Delicious.

Enoki mushrooms have got to be the cutest members of the fungi family.  Long, white, tender and thin with delicate little caps.  Ideal for soups and salads.

Enoki mushrooms can be found in the produce section of Asian stores.  Some well-stocked grocery stores carrying specialty items may also have them.  They come in little plastic packages as seen below and generally sell for less than $1 per pack.

Japanese Soup recipe shiitake enoki mushrooms tofu vermicelli

Carefully clean the shiitake mushrooms and discard the stems.  Thinly slice them.  Cut about 1 inch off the bottom stems of the enoki mushrooms and discard.  Cut the remaining stack in half so you’re left with approximately 1 1/2 inch length stems.  Drain the tofu and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

Japanese Soup recipe shiitake enoki mushrooms tofu vermicelli

Cellophane noodles, also called Chinese Vermicelli, are used in this soup.  They expand considerably so you only need a little over an ounce.  They can be purchased at any Asian store.

Japanese Soup recipe shiitake enoki mushrooms tofu vermicelli

To prepare the base broth, bring the chicken stock to a simmer along with the soy sauce, miso paste, mirin and sake.  If you don’t have either of the latter here are a couple of quick substitutes.  For the mirin:  Use sherry and a dash of sugar.  For the sake:  Use white wine and a dash of rice vinegar.  Simmer for a couple of minutes.

Japanese Soup recipe shiitake enoki mushrooms tofu vermicelli

Add the shiitake and enoki mushrooms, the tofu and vermicelli, and simmer for another 5-6 minutes.

Japanese Soup recipe shiitake enoki mushrooms tofu vermicelli

Add the green onions and simmer for another 2 minutes.

Japanese Soup recipe shiitake enoki mushrooms tofu vermicelli

That’s it.  You’re done.  Told you.  Ultra fast and simple, but oh so yummy!

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Japanese Mushroom, Tofu and Vermicelli Soup
 
While simple and quick to prepare, this soup is as tasty as it is elegant.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups chicken stock (vegetarian/vegan: use vegetable broth)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (can substitute sherry and a dash of sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon sake (can substitute white wine and a dash of rice vinegar)
  • 4 oz. tofu, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 3 oz shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced, stems discarded
  • 2 oz enoki mushrooms
  • 2 oz vermicelli noodles
  • 3 green onions, sliced diagonally
  • Extra enoki mushrooms and green onions for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, miso paste, mirin and sake to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the tofu, mushrooms, and vermicelli, return to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 6 minutes. Add the green onions and simmer for another 2 minutes.
  2. Serve immediately.

 

Japanese Soup shiitake enoki mushrooms tofu sake mirin

13 Responses

  1. Nags

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    The last picture is so gorgeous! :)

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Thanks, Nags! It was a last-minute prop but the green brought out the colors nicely. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. wrote on

    What a beautiful soup! Love the colours and the use of both Shiitake and Enoki mushrooms. Lovely!!

    -Shannon

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Thanks, Shannon. Every time you post a comment I realize just how often I cook with mushrooms! They’re such fantastic little things and lend themselves so well to such a variety of dishes. Being the mushroom connoisseur that you are, I know you can appreciate that as well. You’ve got a great website there at Mushrooms Canada.

      • wrote on

        Thanks for the kind words! Keep those mushroom recipes coming, I always look forward to reading your blog posts.

  3. Josephine

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    Thanks for the recipe! can’t wait to try it out! I’ve been looking for a healthier recipe for enoki mushrooms that doesn’t involve smothering them in bacon fat (the only way I’ve tried these mushrooms).

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Hi, Josephine, I’m so happy you found my site and am excited that you’re going to try this recipe! Let me know what you think once you’ve had the chance to make it!

  4. Anonymous

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    can i exclude the sake in this recipe or is it a must-put-in?

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Do you have the mirin? If you have mirin, go ahead and omit the sake but just add about 1/4 teaspoon rice vinegar (or whatever vinegar you have on hand). If you have neither mirin nor sake, it will definitely take away from the flavor, but if you omit both, then add that 1/4 teaspoon of rice vinegar along with 1/4 teaspoon sugar. It won’t taste the same, but it will still taste good.

      • Anonymous

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        thank you for your suggestions and indeed i do have mirin :) i can’t seem to find a smaller bottle of sake, do you have any suggestions about brands which sell small quantities of sake because i don’t think i’ll be using much of it ?

        • The Daring Gourmet

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          I’m in the middle of nowhere right now on vacation and honestly can’t remember what brand I’ve used. Since it’s such a small quantity, and since you have mirin, I really wouldn’t even worry about it. I’d just add the touch of vinegar.

      • Anonymous

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        i would like to ask, can i use cooking sake for this recipe, what sake did you use or is any sake allowed for this recipe? thank you so much for answering all the questions i have at such a rapid time, you’ve helped me so much. :)

        • The Daring Gourmet

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          Yes, you can use cooking sake for it and it will taste wonderful! :)

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