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Japanese Style Fish Soup

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I wanted to find ways of incorporating more fish in our diets but in a wallet friendly way so I turned to frozen white fillets. They are cheap to buy and all supermarkets sell them. When I first started cooking with them, I found it quite tasteless and with the soft texture, it was hard to do much with them.

But on a cold day one evening, I had a hankering for soup and with the ingredients I already had in the fridge and in my cupboard, I thought I could try making Japanese style fish soup. It turned out to be a great idea! The fish was soft and soaked up all the flavours in the soup and it felt super healthy to eat too.

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The ingredients for this soup are frozen white fillets of any kind, a head of chinese leaves, leeks, a block of tofu, wakame, some ready made Japanese fish stock powder and mirin.

Chop up a whole head of Chinese leaf and a leek.

Cut tofu into small cubes after carefully sliding out of the carton.

Pour some hot water over the wakame to rehydrate.

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japanese-style-fish-soup
A huge saucepan of Japanese style fish soup is ready to be eaten together with steamed rice mixed with furikake (Japanese rice seasoning)

Ingredients:
4-6 white fish fillets, defrosted 
1 head of Chinese leaf
1 leek
1 pack of tofu
2 tbsp dried wakame
2 packs of Japanese sardine powder
4 tbsp mirin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
4 pints of water

Directions:
1) Chop up a whole head of Chinese leaf and slice the leek
2) Carefully slide the tofu out of the carton and cut into small cubes
3) Put wakame into a bowl and pour hot water over it to rehydrate
4) Put 4 pints of water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil, then add in Chinese leaf and leeks. After 5 minutes, add in the sardine powder, mirin, salt and white pepper
5) Add the whole fish fillets in and the wakame. Turn the heat to medium-low and let the soup simmer for 15 minutes
6) Add in the tofu and without stirring, let it simmer for another 5 minutes
7) Switch the heat off and take care to not break the tofu when ladling the soup
8) Enjoy on its own or with furikake rice


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