Post by Sakakibara Daitarou Akitou on Dec 22, 2012 17:04:14 GMT -5
雑煮 Zoni (or Ozoni) has been around since Muromachi period and is favorite food to eat on New Year's Day as a way of garnering luck for the coming year.
Below is a video explaining the details for making this auspicious soup. However, I cannot say if the recipe is period or not as I have not seen a comparison. Either way, with the new year being just around the corner, I thought I would share this with you all. To those of you who have never had it/heard of it, I recommend giving it a try this year!
Greetings from Solveig! My understanding is that the really distinctive part of ozoni is the presence of mochi in the soup. You should always have mochi around for the Winter. Incidentally, if you can get kagami mochi (round mochi) one tradition is to stack up a large kagami mochi, a smaller kagami mochi, and a mikan as a sort of display piece. There is another interesting tradition involving pine boughs decorating gates or what naught. Oh well. Just think. You can with some justification put all of this off until the Chinese lunar New Year as that is when this stuff was done in period. As for the mundane calendar year, you still have a week to go. Maybe another trip to the grocery is in order. Incidentally there are all sorts of (apparently modern) osechi ryori to partake of on New Year's day. ;D
Last Edit: Dec 24, 2012 17:12:07 GMT -5 by solveig
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Post by Sakakibara Daitarou Akitou on Jan 1, 2013 12:30:47 GMT -5
I'm preparing to make my own ozoni, now. We have a market about 30 minutes away that, specifically, caters Japanese goods. But, wouldn't you believe it? The ONE thing they didn't have was kirimochi. It wasn't that they were out of stock; they simply didn't carry it!
After stressing out a little bit, having spent $20 on all the other ingredients, we took a gamble and visited the pan-Asian market a few blocks away. As none of them spoke Japanese, it was difficult to explain what I was looking for. However, as soon as the word "soup" came up, they instantly knew what where to look. And sure enough, they had it. Wow!
Didn't come out a pretty as I had hoped, but it still tasted good. However, I had a lot of trouble choking down the kirimochi... Ignore the negi as I bought that for miso, not ozoni.