Hosting dinner this week and need a quick all-in-one-bowl solution? Jennifer Rubell suggests a soba soup that is so hearty and flavorful, you'll guests will barely notice its also healthy.
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A simple, poetic meal, good for body and soul, the kind of thing a monk with really good taste might eat-a Japanese monk, that is: soba noodles, served hot in a smoky shiitake-mushroom broth with a few add-ins. The key is to use a few intensely flavored ingredients, cook them with care and place them in a deep bowl with all the minimalist flair of a Japanese flower arrangement.
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1. Make the broth
Place 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon each brown sugar, chopped ginger and chopped garlic, plus 1 cup water, in a pot over high heat. Next, divide 20 shiitake mushrooms into stems and caps. When soy mixture is at a boil, add caps, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove caps; reserve. Add stems plus 5 cups water, bring to