What Is Imoni? and Imoni Recipe

Imoni is a famous traditional soup dish made with taro, meat, mushrooms, and various kind of vegetables. It’s mainly eaten in the North-Eastern Parts of Japan (Tohoku region).

There is autumn festival called imoni-kai (It’s like imoni party) in this area. Many people gather together in the open air, and make imoni with huge pot. Sometimes they use excavator to cook it because the pot is unbelievably big!

Taro is the main ingredient for imoni, and its texture is stickier and denser than white potato. Since the taro harvesting stage is usually October, the party is tend to held in fall.

taro

The flavor of imoni differs depending on the region or family. Usually it’s soy sauce based soup or miso based soup.

I would like to introduce the recipe for IMONI with miso based soup today. It’s SO EASY everybody can make at home and seriously delicious! So please check it out!

【Recipe (2 servings)】

Ingredients
1 oz miso paste (fermented soybean paste)*1
1 teaspoon dashi granules*2
5 oz taro, Peel the skin and Cut into bite-sized
2 oz Chinese cabbage, Cut into bite-sized
2 oz daikon, Sliced
1 oz carrot, Sliced
1 oz green onion, Chopped
1 oz burdock, Sliced
1.5 oz shimeji mushrooms, Cut a hard tip of mushrooms
2 oz beef, Sliced
2 oz konjac (yam cake), Cut into bite-sized
1.7 cups (400ml) water

*1 Feel free to adjust the amounts of miso paste to your liking.
*2 If miso paste already contains dashi, don’t need dashi granules. I use miso paste containig dashi this time.

Directions

1. Heat water and all vegetables and mushrooms in a saucepan. (Add dashi granules if you need).

2. Once it boils, add beef and konjac. Simmer for few minutes until taro is cooked fully through, and remove from heat.

3. Add miso paste and stir until miso is completely melted.

Imoni: taro miso soup
IMONI: taro miso soup

Ready to eat!

It was the largest amount of ingredients for the soup ever. haha
You can get a variety of nutrition from only one bowl of the soup. Of course it tastes also amazing!
Taro gives you great satisfaction with soft texture.

By the way, you can use pork instead of beef if you want. Also using your favorite mushrooms and vegetables is recommended.

Enjoy your imoni!