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Miso Soup


Miso soup is one of the most frequently consumed foods in Japan. It is eaten by three quarters of the population at least once a day (during breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner) and over 80% of all miso paste (including white miso paste, red/brown miso paste, and barley miso paste) is used to make it. This humble soup forms a crucial component in most traditional Japanese meals, and all typical Japanese households know at least one, but often several, miso soup recipes.

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What is Miso Soup?

It is believed that miso was introduced to the Japanese by Chinese Buddhist monks in the 6th or 7th Century AD. It was originally eaten either as it was or spread onto other foods, but then samurai warriors started to enjoy a basic soup made from miso paste and a savoury broth during the Kamakura/Muromachi periods. This miso soup then trickled down into the diets of the more common people, where it has remained a prominent component of the Japanese diet ever since.

In its most basic form, a present-day Japanese miso soup is a combination of dashi soup stock and miso paste, served with some sort of topping. These three miso soup ingredients inspire large amounts of variation, from the type of miso paste used, to the base ingredients in the dashi, to the type and variety of toppings used.

Traditional miso soup is made from scratch, with miso paste and prepared toppings being stirred through hot dashi. Nowadays many prefer the quicker method of using instant miso soup sachets. These sachets come with everything included, and can be made into great-tasting miso soup in seconds by adding hot water and stirring.

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Miso soup has a uniquely hearty and mellow flavour that is rich in umami. Enjoying miso soup as part of a larger meal will enhance the flavour of the other dishes as well as provide flavour contrast.

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Miso bowl

Miso soup is traditionally served in wooden or lacquered bowls. It is drunk directly from the bowl (no spoons whatsoever), and any remaining toppings can be fished out at the end with chopsticks.

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Popular Miso Soup Toppings

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Wakame Seaweed

This smooth and slightly chewy seaweed has a subtly sweet flavour that nicely counterbalances the umami taste of the miso and dashi. The chewiness adds bulk to the soup, as well as providing a contrasting texture.

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Tofu

Cubes of tofu give miso soup extra bulkiness, and firm tofu in particular provides a nice contrast in texture. Tofu does not have a lot of flavour of its own, so it is nice for adding to soups with subtler flavours as the tofu will not overpower the soup.

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Spring Onions

Spring onions have an intense savoury flavour that works well in many miso soups, although care might need to be taken to ensure the onion does not become the dominant flavour of the soup. Spring onions also add an element of crunchiness.

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Aburaage

Aburaage, or deep-fried tofu, will bulk up a miso soup. It also acts like a sponge, soaking up the surrounding miso soup and becoming doubly tasty when it is fished out of the miso bowl with chopsticks and eaten separately.

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Miso Soup Makers

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Marukome

Marukome has been in business in Japan since 1854, and have now come to be recognised as the largest miso supplier in the country. But the work does not end there. Marukome are always on the lookout for new innovations in the world of miso and koji, as well as for ways to bring Japanese cuisine’s superb fermented foods and condiments to the rest of the world.

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Hikari Miso

Since setting up shop in 1936, Hikari Miso’s mission has been to keep it natural, traditional, delicious, and healthy. As well as selling a variety of great-tasting miso pastes, Hikari Miso also sell instant miso soups, inari tofu wraps, harusame noodle soups, and other authentic, traditional Japanese foods.

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Miso Soup Recipes

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冬季蔬菜味噌汤

当冬天最寒冷的三九天到来时,不妨试试这款用应季根茎类鲜蔬制作的丰盛味噌汤。烤过的蔬菜带着丝丝香甜,与鲜味扑鼻的味噌完美融合,成就了这道温暖身心的冬季暖身汤。寒冷的冬日中,就将这碗味噌汤作为轻午餐或主菜的配汤食用吧。

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韩式香辣味噌汤

用这份食谱给日本的经典味噌汤加入一些韩式风味吧。在一碗味噌中加入韩式香料和辣酱能够给味噌带来更丰富的味道和香气,并且能够让味噌原本的香气更加浓郁。在传统日式料理中,这道韩式香辣味噌汤常与米饭搭配,或作为辣味拉面的汤底。

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奶油南瓜味噌汤

还有什么能比一碗热气腾腾的南瓜汤更能延缓这快速转冷的天气呢?这份食谱参考了经典的奶油南瓜浓汤食谱,在此基础上使用了味噌来提升汤的鲜味,并且还用了令人意想不到的黑胡椒黄油来增添一丝辣味和乳脂香味。这是浓汤爱好者和味噌爱好者们绝不容错过的美味。食谱来自了不起的英国大厨

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味噌汤

味噌是日本的传统烹饪食材,由发酵的大豆制成。味噌应用于日本的各式菜肴中,最常见的是与日式Dashi鲣鱼高汤混合做成味噌汤。这里我们为您提供的是一个传统的味噌配方,不过当您掌握了基本的味噌汤制作技巧后您也许会想尝试一下具有季节和地区特点的新式味噌。

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Japan Centre has a great range of miso products, from white or red miso pastes to instant miso soups. Check out japancentre.com’s Miso section for our whole range.

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