Yuba, Lily Bulb, and Shitake Soup

Yuba-cloaked lily bulbs and  shiitakes in broth
Yuba-cloaked lily bulbs and shiitakes in brothWilliam Hereford

Called a wanmono, this winter vegetable soup is named for the squat bowl, or wan, in which it is served. This version uses kuzu root powder as a thickener, suspending the grated turnip in the enriched broth (the suspended white strands mimic sleet, or mizore). If necessary, substitute arrowroot or cornstarch for the kuzu powder. Lily bulbs can be found fresh at Asian markets, and domestically produced yuba is available online at hodosoy.com.