|Allium tuberosum... Garlic Chives... Nira|
One of my favorite winter dishes is Nira no Tamago Toji, "Nira" being garlic chives, a member of the onion family. The strap-like leaves are used in Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and widely in Korean cuisine. They have a wonderful, onion-y--garliky smell and come loaded with Vitamin A (just the thing for keeping your body warm from the inside when the frost comes and they're also good for anybody with a cold or the flu;-). You can use it in stir-fry, or yaki-soba and such.
Slice the Nira 4-5cm while bringing the soup ingredients to a boil. Soup is:
240ml dashi (water plus 1/2 tsp powdered dashi)
2 tbsp mirin (sweet cooking sake)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sake
Pour the eggs over the soup, stirring in briefly, put the lid on and simmer 'til half (or so--as you like) cooked.