Woodsy Shiitake & Black Kale Soup

shiitake soup
Shiitake, Black Kale, Tofu & Seaweed Soup
Sesame, Scallion, Sriracha Garnish

Woodsy. Earthy. Deep.
This is one intense vegan soup that offers full epicurean contentment.

Flavor profile:
meaty shiitake mushroom, robust kale, subtly sweet ocean-y wakame seaweed,
toasty sesame oil, tangy hot sriracha
Aroma profile:
heady, intense, wet forest, earthy
Texture profile:
steamy broth, chewy kale, silky shiitake, slippery wakame, spongy tofu, crunchy sesame seed
Color profile:
deep dark broth, midnight-green wakame and kale, spring-green scallion, electric red sriracha

Shiitake & Black Kale Soup Recipe


  • 4 c. mushroom broth
  • approx. 8 shiitake, sliced, stems set aside
  • several leaves of black kale, de-veined, torn
  • 1 T. mirin
  • 1 T. low-sodium soy sauce
  • small handful cut dried wakame
  • diced firm tofu
  • sesame oil
  • sliced scallion
  • toasted sesame seed
  • sriracha chili sauce

Slice shiitake stems lengthwise and add to mushroom stock. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, remove stems, they’re too tough to eat. Add soy sauce, mirin, and sliced shiitake caps. Simmer until caps are just tender, then add black kale. Continue to simmer until the kale is tender. Add wakame, simmer an additional 5 minutes, until the seaweed is rehydrated and tender.

shiitake soup

Place a few cubes of tofu in the bottom of a soup bowl. Ladle hot soup over the tofu. Garnish with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, sliced scallion, and a squirt of sriracha for some heat.

(Loosely adapted from Chef David Chang’s Shiitake-and-Swiss-Chard Soup with Hand-Cut Noodles).

21 thoughts on “Woodsy Shiitake & Black Kale Soup”

  1. Between the flavor profile and those photos – this begs to be made. Cannot get black kale here – even tried to grow it! But will make do – because this entices.

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