Miso soup is a significant dish in Japanese culture which consists of a dash stock and miso made by soybeans, salt and kouji. After you have added miso in the pan, make sure to not over-boil as the smell will slowly go. Miso soup is a traditional soup for Japanese people and can be enjoyed with a family dinner or a quick lunch.
There are several Miso paste which can be categorised into red , white and mixed. There are many variations within these themes, depending on the region in which they are from such as Shinshū miso or Sendai miso. There are many optional ingredients that may be added such as vegetable , seafood ,and personal preference.
About dashi stock
The most common Dashi stock for miso soup are made of kombu, katsuobushi(smoked bonito), niboshi(dried baby sardines). You can use dashi pack (powder) or instant as an alternative option to make it less time consuming.
- 4 cups Water
- 10 g Katsuobushi
- 10 g Kombu
- 4 tbsp Miso
- 100 g Tofu
- 2 Spring onion
- Combine the water and kombu in a saucepan and if possible, leave for about 1 hour.
- Bring the pot to boil under medium heat.
- Remove the kombu just as the water starts to come to a boil and add the katsuobushi (bonito flakes) and let the water come to a rapid simmer.
- Simmer for about 5 minutes, then remove the pan from heat. Strain the katsuobushi from the dashi.
Miso Soup Instructions
- Slice the spring onion very thinly, cut the Tofu into small pieces.
- Pour the dashi into the saucepan and bring to a rapid simmer over medium-high heat.
- Add the Tofu in the saucepan.
- Put the miso in saucepan and whisk with chopsticks until the miso is entirely dissolved in the dashi soup.
- Finally put the spring onions in the saucepan.
- Check the taste.
- Serve in individual bowl and enjoy it
Soup ingredients such as tofu, spring onion, wakame (seaweed), daikon , spinach, clams, white fish can be categorised as the traditional Japanese style however, you can add 2-3 of the above if easier or the ingredients of your choice.
Miso soup generally involves only a few ingredients but tonjiru, which is a miso soup with pork also known as “pork soup” known for its healthy, nutritional balance.