The temperature dipped to the twenties this past weekend and the snow came sooner than expected. We were out shopping at the mall when the snow started to fall. We quickly made our final purchases and scrambled home. Come Sunday morning, there were three inches of white pristine snow on the ground. We woke up to the sound of the snow plows scrapping the streets in the neighborhood.
With the snow falling outside, it was most comforting to have something warm for dinner. Not in the mood for a whole lot of cooking, I decided on a hot pot using the pre-sliced pork I had in the fridge. All I needed to do was to cook some rice and cut up some vegetables, tofu, and konnyaku. I made a quick and simple broth using instant dashi and miso and dinner was set at the table in under 30 minutes.
Pre-sliced pork and garland chrysanthemum, also known as shungiku (in Japanese) or tang ho (in Fujianese).
Napa cabbage and more garland chrysanthemum.
Tofu and green onions.
Slice konnyaku block cross-wise into ¼” slices. Cut a slit down the center leaving both ends intact. Carefully push the top of the strip through the slit to create a decorative tie.
Carrots, boiled lotus root, and konnyaku.
- 1 lb (450g) thinly sliced pork
- 1 cube (14oz/400g) tofu, drained and sliced into 1in x ½in x ½in pieces
- 1 block (8.8oz/250g) konnyaku, sliced cross-wise into ¼in thick slices
- 4 oz (110g) boiled lotus root (renkon)
- 1 small carrot, thinly sliced into rounds
- 4 napa cabbage leaves, sliced
- 4 oz (110g) garland chrysanthemum (shungiku/tangho), rinsed and drained
- 4 green onions, cliced into 2-inch lengths
- 6 cups (1.4 liters) water
- 1½ tsp instant dashi
- ½ cup (130g) miso
- Goma dare (sesame sauce)
Pour water into an electric fondue pot. Bring it to a boil. Add dashi. Combine 1½ cups (360ml) stock and miso in a bowl. Whisk to dissolve miso. Pour mixture back into fondue pot.
Bring broth to a gentle boil. Add small portions of pork, tofu, renkon, and carrots into broth and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add vegetables and continue to cook for another minute. Dish into individual serving bowls with slotted spoon or small wire strainer. Dip cooked food into sauces and enjoy.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)