Miso Soup Recipe - Simple Authentic Japanese Recipe
My mum used to make me Miso Soup every morning when I was young kid , it’s a very simple and tasty soup that you can have anytime of the day.
Here’s a basic recipe for Miso Soup with Tofu
- Bonito Flakes or Niboshi for Broth
Many people use bonito flakes or bonito powder but traditionally little fish called niboshi are used for the miso soup broth.
- Diced Tofu
Buy tofu in square wet blocks and then cut into cubes.
- Miso Paste
There are many different types of miso paste but the flavor difference is usually very minimal so try a few brands until you find one you like the most. There is a white miso paste and a red one but I’ve always stuck to using red but do hear good things about the white paste.
- thinly cut leeks or spring onion
The leeks can just be sprinkled on the top if you desire.
Miso Soup Recipe
> In a small saucepan bring water to boil. Amount of water depends on servings you can just fill up your soup bowls and measure the water that way.
> Add the bonito flakes or niboshi , turn off the heat or turn down very low and allow the broth to stand for 3 to 4 minutes for bonito flakes and 5 – 10 for niboshi.
>Next strain out the bonito flakes if coarse and niboshi and put aside. Some people prefer to leave the bonito flakes in but that’s up to you. Niboshi fish are always taken out.
> Return the broth to the heat or leave on low heat if you didn’t take It off, for this recipe because the tofu is already very soft add the miso paste first then the tofu.
For all other ingredients like vegetables that take longer to cook add them in first. Add the miso paste to the saucepan and stir in until dissolved ensuring there are no lumps of miso paste.
>Add the tofu then bring the mixture to boil, and then remove from heat. Top with spring onions or leaks and serve hot or cold.
You can use pretty much anything in your miso soup so experiment when growing up I would get miso soup with seaweed, potatoes, mushrooms and even an egg style miso soup.
My favourite miso soup ingredient would have to be those enoki Japanese mushroom if you haven’t already tried them you must they are to die for.
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