This recipe from chef Kuniko Yagi of L.A.’s Hinoki & the Bird was inspired by Japanese nabemono, a pot of broth simmering on the table over a portable burner. People serve themselves, adding accompaniments like greens and daikon radish presented alongside. For extra richness, pour in a whisked egg; it will “feather” like egg drop soup.
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Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners.
4 chicken drumsticks (1 pound)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
3 cups thinly sliced seasonal vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips and leafy greens
One 3-inch piece of daikon radish, peeled and grated
One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
Togarashi, for serving (see Note)
12 ounces cooked udon, soba or somen noodles or brown rice, for serving
How to Make It
In a large saucepan, cover the chicken with 8 cups of water (it should come two-thirds of the way up the side of the pan) and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the salt, then reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer gently for 20 minutes, skimming the foam occasionally.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the soy sauce, lemon juice and vinegar to a simmer over high heat. Remove the ponzu sauce from the heat.
Transfer the chicken to a plate. Add any root vegetables to the simmering broth and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to 4 bowls. Pull the chicken meat into large pieces, discard the skin and bones and add the chicken to the bowls.
Add any leafy greens to the simmering broth and cook until just wilted and bright green, about 1 minute. Transfer the greens to the bowls and add 1/2 cup of broth to each. (Keep the remaining broth simmering in the saucepan.) Season each serving with some of the daikon, ginger, togarashi and ponzu sauce and serve.
When everyone has finished eating the chicken and vegetables, stir the noodles into the simmering broth until hot, then divide the noodles and broth among the bowls, season with more daikon, ginger, togarashi and ponzu sauce and serve.
The ponzu sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Togarashi, a Japanese blend of chiles and sesame seeds, is available at Asian markets.
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