Quick & Nourishing Japanese Soup. "My Japanese father would often make quick soups for lunch during the cooler months. I can see him sitting at the table with a steaming bowl of soup against the background of a clear winter sky, the noon sun shining through the large south facing windows. Holding the deep ceramic bowl with both hands, feeling the warmth seep through; the smell of soy sauce, mouth already anticipating the salty broth; the sound of slurping rice vermicelli..."
Kenchinjiru is a delicious example of shojin ryori, or buddhist temple food. With crumbled tofu and plenty of vegetables simmered in a flavorful vegan stock, it makes for a delicious filling meal with a bowl of rice.