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.