Introduction: Very Simple Miso Soup
Home made miso soup is the easiest soup you can make and I consider it as the fast food, yet it's very healthy thanks to the power of MISO! I make it and eat it every morning! It's a good pick-me-up food especially during the winter. It instantly warms up your body from inside.
You can make it as fast as instant oatmeal or even faster as long as you have the ingredients...
Step 1: Ingredients
- 1 cup of water (or home made dashi)
- 1 teaspoon of dried wakame (sea weed - the one I bought was like $2.50 and I only buy it every other month - remember I eat miso soup everyday?)
- 1 or 2 teaspoons of finely chopped green onions (I chop onions and keep it in a glass jar - it'll last about a few days in the fridge)
- 1 tablespoon of miso (any kind of miso will do - I like organic unpasteurized miso from Nijiya Market - I usually transfer the miso from the plastic container)
- a pinch (1/8 teaspoon) of bonito or kombu (it's kelp - if you are vegan, go for kombu) or iriko dashi powder (omit this if you have home made dashi)
However, it may be hard to find the ingredients for "dashi" at your local supermarkets. So you probably end up going to a Japanese or Asian market anyway... Any Asian stores and natural food stores carry dashi ingredients such as bonito flakes and kombu (kelp). But you have to go to a Japanese or Asian store to find powdered dashi from one or two or 10 different brands.
But be aware if you want miso soup for the health benefits, most of these powdered dashi include MSG and preservatives. Find the one without those chemicals. There are many of them available if you go to Japanese markets. I used bonito dashi from Riken for this recipe because it was in the care package from my mom in Japan :) No MSG. No chemical preservatives. No GMO. This one is available here, too, and has a label in English ;)
Also, you can find dried seaweed at any Asian markets.
Step 2: Cooking
- Put water in a small pot (I used one from IKEA) and bring it to a boil.
- Turn off the heat (VERY IMPORTANT!) and add all the ingredients and stir with chopsticks or a fork until miso gets completely disintegrated. I usually let it sit for a few minutes so that miso gets soft and automatically disintegrated.
- Turn the heat back on and warm up the miso over medium heat. Serve in the small bowl. DO NOT LET IT BOIL!
- DO NOT BOIL MISO EVER! Miso is a living food! It has a live culture that gives you the health benefits people are talking about! If you boil it, you kill the miso and the health benefits with it. So you have to turn off the heat just before it starts boiling or don't heat it up after you stir the miso soup.
- If you want to add diced tofu, add them with other ingredients after you turn the heat off.
- If you want to add veggies, cut them into smaller pieces and add them with water and bring it to a boil. Make sure they are softened before you turn off the heat and add miso.
- We don't use a spoon to drink miso. We drink from a bowl and eat the veggies and tofu with chopsticks :) I don't taste the stainless steel flavor from the spoon when I eat other soups or stew. But with miso soup, I do! So when I eat a big bowl of miso soup, I use a wooded spoon.