Elegant Japanese Soup

"Be sure to use clear full flavored broth. Personally I like to add the carrots & mushrooms into the bowl of steaming broth without simmering them first , personal preference. This is such an attractive, easy to make, light soup that is just perfect for the start of an Oriental meal or with any meal. Substitute strands of cooked Chicken instead of the seafood. See footnore at bottom of recipe for clarifying broth"
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  • Bring your broth to a boil.
  • Add Mushrooms& Carrots simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add raw prawns& Scallops, simmer until the prawns are just pink.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, Soy& Sherry.
  • Strain the broth into 6 soup bowls and artistically arrange some carrots, mushrooms, 2 prawns, 2 scallops.
  • a slice of lemon and a green onion in each bowl- Serve.
  • N.B ***To clarify Broth:Whisk an egg white into one cup cool broth, Whisk this mixture into the rest of the cooled broth, heat to boiling whisking the entire time. When the broth comes to a boil remove from heat and let it rest 20 minutes. then scoop off the frothy top and you will have beautiful clear broth.

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  1. Very quick, easy & delicious. Loved learning the creative way to make clear broth. It came out lovely. I would mention one important factor, you loose quite a bit of the brother by doing using this method. I started with 6 cups of broth and only ended up with a bit more than 5. It’s fine for 4 people but would not have been enough for 6
  2. What an excellent recipe! I followed the directions except for cutting it in half...should have made the whole recipe for leftovers. Served with sushi rolls and DH just yummmmmed the whole way. Made for TOTM-Soup Fest tag game 2011.
  3. I made this soup for my HB and children with a Sesame Sead Cucumber Salad, sticky rice, and egg rolls. It was a huge it. I didn't have any scallops on hand but I had some extra Halibut which tasted fabulous in this soup. Right before serving I sprinkled on the green onions, shredded cabbage, mushrooms, and the carrots to ensure that they stayed crispy. It was great. Thank you....
  4. Very nice soup. I added tofu as well. I of couse had to pour myself a glass of sherry too. Great!
  5. REALLY AN OUTSTANDING SOUP in every way, & enjoyable in the making as well! Used some homemade broth which I clarified as you indicated, & cut the recipe in half as well for 2 of us! Another time I'd like to try it with shredded chicken, but the prawns & scallops were great! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed in the Let's Get Souped Up Tag Game]


  1. Excellent recipe. My first try at Japanese soup. I served this with sushi rolls. I only had 4 cups of broth and subbed water for the other 2, also subbed dry red wine for sherry and it was still excellent. Will be making again.


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