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Kenchin-jiru (Kenchin Soup)
From A Kanagawa Temple?
Date:11, Oct, 2021
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Kenchin-jiru (Kenchin Soup) is the local food of Kanagawa next to Tokyo. If you go around Tokyo, you may find it at some restaurants. What is Kenchin-jiru? It is one of Japanese soup dishes. Oh, Japanese miso soup is very popular! you may say. But most of Kenchin-jiru don't use miso, since it is a kind of Japanese clear soup. Stir-fry some sliced vegetables like Japan's white radish, burdock, and carrot. And boil them with dashi soup, finally season it with a bit of salt and soy sauce.



Kenchin-jiru
File: Kenchinjiru soy sauce flavor 2009.JPG
from the Japanese Wikipedia
(Photoed on March 16, 2009)

Jiru means soup. And what does the Kenchin mean? It is supposed you are difficult to get what it means with usual Japan-English dictionaries. Actually, most of Japanese people don't use such a word in daily life. There are several theories about the origin of Kenchin-jiru. One of them say it had originally been made at the Kencho-ji that was built in Kanagawa of the 13th century. Kencho changed into Kenchin somehow, one theory says.



Kencho-ji

File: Kencho-ji 108599196 ac1ef7203f o.jpg
from the Japanese Wikipedia
(Photoed on May 11, 2006)






 

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