Until I met Michael, I had never been to a Japanese Steak House. By the time I realized that I’d never been to a Japanese steak house, I was probably 18 or 19 and I decided to never go to one and that would be an interesting thing about me. Many people were incredulous when I told them and they would invariably tell me that I should go and that I would like it. “Nah,” I would reply and that would be that.
Then I met Michael…who LOVES Benihana. Specifically he loves the shrimp, the chicken fried rice, and the ginger dressing. Couple that with the fact that Benihana was the place that his family went when celebrating things and my days of “I’ve never been to Benihana” were over.
My first Benihana experience was before we went to a pottery painting place that I liked called Wired and Fired. It was a Something I Like + Something You Like evening. The food was fine (maybe a bit bland) and the show was entertaining and just like that I lost my status of Guy Who Had Never Been to a Japanese Steak House.
While the whole Thing isn’t my tokkuri of sake, I do like the sushi and the Onion soup is delicious! That brings us to today’s post (finally). Benihana Onion Soup is a pretty straightforward dish and a great example of less is more. You can whip up a batch really quickly and get more without feeling like a weirdo in the restaurant. It’s a light and simple soup that goes with pretty much anything.
- 3 Tbs Chicken Base (buy it near the bullion)
- 8 Cups Water
- 1 White Mushroom, Sliced very thinly
- 4 Tbs French Fried Onions
- 2 Green Onions, Sliced
- Boil the water and chicken base in a medium pot over medium high heat for 30 minutes.
- Divide the French fried onions, the green onions, mushrooms and stock evenly between 4 serving bowls and serve immediately.
For chickenier flavor, substitute chicken stock for up to half of the water.
Use frozen chicken stock to whip up a batch of Benihana Onion Soup whenever you want one.
Gwen will eat chicken stock so this fits into the theme for the week. If you are a vegetarian who doesn’t each chicken stock, never fear. Better than Bullion makes No Chicken base too!