My mother used to make Zōsui to finish off bits and pieces of leftover Vegetables and Cooked Rice. To make this soup even more filling, she often added some dumplings which I loved. Mochi is also very nice in this soup but they are not available always, so she made simple wheat flour-base dumplings. This soup will keep you warm on a cold day.


4 Servings


3 to 4 cups Dashi Stock
2 to 3 cups Cooked Rice
Some Vegetables (Carrot, White Radish, Shiitake, Shimeji, Potato, Spinach, Tofu)
2 Spring Onion *finely chopped
Salt & Soy Sauce

Dumpling Ingredients

1/2 cup Plain Flour
1/2 cup Glutinous Rice Flour *OR Potato Starch
1 pinch Salt
*Instead of the dumplings, Gnocchi would go very well with this dish.

  1. Cut Vegetables in small pieces. Cook them in Dashi Stock until tender.
  2. Mix all the Dumpling ingredients and make it into thick paste. You would need about 1/2 cup Water. Using a dinner spoon, drop bite size dumplings into the boiling soup.
  3. Add the Cooked Rice, then bring it to a boil.
  4. Season with Salt and Soy Sauce. Sprinkle some finely chopped Spring Onion and serve hot.