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Hearty Kinpira Stew

This soup is so delicious and good for you. It’s great throughout the year, I have it about every 10 days, it is warming and strengthening. The kabocha squash is packed with potassium (and crazy delicious) and the burdock strengthens and purifies the blood. If you are pregnant, post birth, or nursing, I refer to this stew in The Kind Mama as a replenishing  meal since its so nourishing and restorative. Bear loves this soup and eats it with joy. He gobbles it up and calls it spiderman soup (though he has no idea who or what spiderman is- he just heard some kid say it.) He knows it makes you really strong! 

Serves 4 to 6


Sesame oil

1 cup burdock, sliced into thin matchstick pieces

Pinch of fine sea salt

1 cup carrots, sliced into thin matchstick pieces

1 cup lotus root, sliced into thin rounds

1 cup thinly sliced kabocha squash (peel only if the squash is not organic)

1 cup onion, diced

1 tablespoon sweet white miso*

1 tablespoon barley miso


Brush the bottom of a soup pot lightly with oil. Place the pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the burdock and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. If the burdock starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, add a little more oil or a little water.

Layer the carrot, lotus root, and squash on top of the burdock. Cover the vegetables with water, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes (until veggies are very soft.) Add more water from time to time as needed if the water level becomes too low.

Add the onion to the pot, and simmer until very soft, about 10-15 minutes. Combine the misos in a small cup, and dilute them with a little of the soup broth (you can add more miso later to taste). Slowly add the diluted miso mix to the pot, and stir gently. Simmer for 3 minutes more, taking care not to let the soup boil once the miso has been added. Serve immediately.


*If you have to choose one miso, barley is more medicinal

Photo Source: World Literacy Cafe


  • Méd Mùller

    It looks delicious, thanks!

  • Vara Emma Youth

    I haven’t seen that kind of squash in a while (since I was in China) 😀

    • preesi

      I dont see why not…its in all USA supermarkets for decades

  • Amy @ So There by Amy

    This sounds lovely! Do you find burdock and lotus root at places like Whole Foods?
    Is burdock a root or leaf? Thanks very much. I love discovering new healthful foods, and your site is the best resource for that :)

    • preesi

      Go to a larger Asian market

  • Allie

    I have a soy allergy when eaten on a regular basis as well as in large quantities. I’m sure a little miso would be okay, but i’m really trying to stay away from soy. do you a substitute I could use instead of the miso?

    • preesi

      vegetable stock and nutritional yeast or marmite

  • preesi

    Try Amazon for signed copies

  • Ashley Lynn

    What brand of Miso do you suggest to get the best healing properties without all the processed junk?

  • Andrea Wollenzin

    I live in San Antonio and I cannot find lotus root, daikon, or burdock root anywhere. I am going to try this Korean store tomorrow but if I do not find it, do you have a trusted website to order those things from that isn’t too costly?

  • Jenna Cameron

    I just made this the other day and thought it was delicious! I have a feeling this well be my new “Go-To” mean for a while :)