Thursday, October 4, 2012

Turnip Rikyu Soup

 We harvested some purple top turnip this week. I like purple colour so I was excited to harvest these root vegetables and it is the first time I had success with this variety after  trying to grow them at second attempt. It is the gardener fault sowing in the wrong season the first time because I can't wait to grow them. I have been keeping this turnip recipe since last year and waited to try to cook it. My husband and I enjoy Japanese food very much and he is the one who cooks better Japanese food than I do. So I handed the recipe to him. I really like the simplicity of the preparation and ingredient in 'The enlightened kitchen~Fresh vegetables from the temple of Japan' recipe book by Mari Fuji for 'Turnip Rikyu Soup'.

~Turnip Rikyu Soup~

Ingredients:

4 small white kabu turnips (about 60g), peeled
2 tablespoon white sesame seeds
Turnip leaves, very finely chopped (about50g)
800ml Konbu stock
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sake (did not add)
finely grated yuzu rind, for garnish, optional

1> Cut the turnips lengthwise into 4 to 6 wedges.

2> Roast the sesame seeds, then grind in a food processor.

3> Blanch the finely chopped turnip leaves briefly in boiling salted water. Drain and squeeze lightly.

4> In a saucepan, combine the konbu stock, soy sauce, salt, sake and turnips, and place over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes until the turnips are cooked through, but still crisp.

5> Add half the turnip leaves to the saucepan (my husband add tofu and spring onions too), bring very briefly to a boil, then remove from the heat and serve. Garnish with ground sesame, the remaining turnip leaves, and yuzu rind.

A very healthy and nutritious food. Sorry no photo of this dish, it is just a soup dish and I was too hungry to take a photo after feeding Abby.

20 comments:

Mama Pongkey said...

Sounds really delicious! Hubby and I love Japanese food too, but so far we have only managed to make our own sushi and miso soup from store-bought (though organic!) paste. More motivation for me to sow turnips, carrots and radishes today (taking advantage of the upcoming monsoon season).

Hehehe it must be really gooood since there is no photo! :-) Yum yum yum

cikmanggis said...

Boleh cuba resipi ni..kami pun sangat suka masakan jepun..betul cakap mama pongkey tu sup yang sungguh sedap sehingga tak sempat ambil gambar..habis dah hehe

JaSSNaNi said...

owh.. turnip ni mana nak cari kat sini ye.. nampak cam sedap resepi tu.. pos sket lah.. :P

Sue@G.L. Allotments said...

Unfortunately we haven't grown any turnips for a while - they aren't exactly a vegetable that we love.

Sunray Gardens said...

I like the purple color also. Glad you were able to grow these this year.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I never eaten turnip before and my first time seeing purple turnip, very unique! Oh, you also like Japanese foods, me too ,

rainfield61 said...

That sounds very delicious.

Donny Ien said...

hi Malay-Kadazan Girl,
terima kasih kerana sudi berkongsi resepi masakan Jepun ni.. boleh cuba masak lain kali :)

Skeeter said...

Such a vibrant shade of purple! I have never heard of turnip soup before so i find this very interesting...

Mark Willis said...

Very attractive-looking Turnips!

ummuaidan said...

turnip tuh nampak comel color purple...tgk mcm tu terasa mcm nak tanam jugak..

~Holly~ said...

I haven't had good luck growing turnips. I'm trying one more time for fall. Crossing my fingers for some turnips. Your soup sounds delicious!!

Why I garden... said...

Sounds like a really tasty recipe!

Jody said...

That sounds delicious! We got a surprise package of seeds today. Thank you very much! We'll be getting something in the mail for you soon.

Rini Jy said...

menariknya color purple tu.....

Liz said...

I just got some Turnip seed so I was really pleased to see this recipe. Sounds great - I love Japanese food but I'm not very used to cooking it.

lena said...

oh, so your husband can cook too eh? next time you can ask him to take pictures la! LOL!

Malar said...

yummy soup from garden vegetables! Your husband must be good in cooking!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Mama Pongkey~ I was starving no more energy but it was healthy delicious had 2 serving. Must take advantage of the monsoon season especially with root vegetables. Celery will love the plenty water too.

Cikmanggis~Kembang kempis hidung mancung tukang masak hehehe....

JaSSNaNi~Dah habis lah tak sempat nak share dengan pregnant mum ni.

Sue~I am bias with my own home-grown turnip hehehe...especially I finally had some success with them.

Cher~Yes, I was glad I sow them this year.

Sonia~Japanese like to pickle turnip, often in side dishes during season. They called turnip- kabu.

Rainfield61~ Bolehlah chef ganti yang masak.

Donny len~ Boleh lah cuba masak di Sabah macam-macam sayur ada di tamu.

Skeeter~Very simple dish to enjoy turnip.

Mark~ Yeah I like them growing in the garden because of the attractive colour.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

UmmuAidan~Cubalah tanam bila musim banyak hujan mudah sikit tak payah nak siram air sangat.

Holly~Turnip will be much easier to grow in fall compare to spring in our garden. Good Luck with growing turnip.

Kelli~Simple healthy recipe.

Jody~Hope you like the surprise seeds. No rush as I only get to grow them next year.

Rini~ Menarikkan kita suka :).

Liz~ My husband does better Japanese cooking than I do. It is fun to try different cultural dishes.

Lena~Husband bolehlah cook cos he studied abroad for quite some time. If he miss Malaysian cuisine kena masak sendiri. He used to work part time in sushi restaurant while studying in Japan.

Malar~Tak boleh puji sangat nanti hidung jadi pinocchio.