Clam Soup for Tomoko

Notes: Regular mushrooms, including their stems, can be used in place of the shiitakes; mustard greens can be used instead of mizuna. Season to taste with soy sauce.


Makes 4 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 189
Caloriesfromfat 11 %
Protein 13 g
Fat 2.2 g
Satfat 0.8 g
Carbohydrate 30 g
Fiber 1.6 g
Sodium 140 mg
Cholesterol 20 mg


1/4 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup short- or medium-grain white rice
1 onion (8 oz.), chopped
24 clams suitable for steaming (about 2 3/4 lb. total)
1/4 pound mizuna, coarse stems removed and leaves rinsed


1. Rinse and drain shiitakes. Trim off and discard stems. Thinly slice mushroom caps.

2. In a 4- to 5-quart pan, combine mushrooms, broth, rice, onion, and 2 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, scrub clams under cool running water. Discard any that do not close when touched.

4. Add clams to pan, turn heat to high, cover, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat and simmer until clams open, about 10 minutes more.

5. Stir in mizuna, then ladle soup into wide bowls.