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Mastering the Art of Crafting Nutritious Miso Soup: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hello, everyone I am Chifumi Maeda,

a Japanese female president living in Bangkok.

Thank you, guys, for visiting this

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Today, I would like to introduce you to

“Mastering the Art of Crafting Nutritious Miso Soup: A Step-by-Step Guide” at home.

Miso Soup
Miso soup with bamboo shoots, rape blossoms, enoki mushrooms and pork belly

Many of my friends who are living here in Thailand love Japanese foods,

and I am often asked how they can try and prepare Japanese foods at home.

However, miso soup that seems simple and easy,

Is for some reason, tastes different when prepared at home.

Not delicious

There seem to be many people where they feel this way.

So, I would today like to give you some tips

how to prepare delicious miso soup that you can easily do at home.

Miso Soup
Miso soup with Wakame Seaweed and Fried Tofu
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Understanding Miso Soup: Origins, Ingredients, and Benefits

Simplified Miso Soup Explained: What You Need to Know

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup

and occupies a particularly important position in Japanese cuisine.

The basic components are a miso paste and dashi-based soup,

which is then prepared with various ingredients.

It has a long history, dating back to the 1100s,

and is one of the important dishes that has been part of Japanese food culture.

Exploring Japanese Cuisine: The Significance of Miso Soup

Miso soup plays an important role in forming the basis of Japanese cuisine.

It is eaten almost every day in most households in Japan

and is loved for its rich flavor and nutritional value as part of a healthy diet.

I love miso soup, so I put it in a food jar take it with me to have it with my lunch.

Zojirushi Food jar
Food jar that I am using.

And, there are many variations depending on the season and region,

symbolizing the diversity of Japanese food culture.

Miso Varieties Demystified: Production Techniques and Types

Miso is produced using main ingredients such as soybeans, barley,

and rice, using a fermenting fungus called koji.

This fermentation process gives miso its unique flavor and rich nutrition.

There are different manufacturing methods and types of miso

throughout Japan depending on the region

and there are many variations such as red miso, white miso, rice miso, and barley miso.

Miso is also produced in Thailand and can be purchased in the supermarkets.

Miso sold at Fuji Super

Fuji Super has the most types of miso,

but you can also purchase it at MaxValue, Tops, Villa, Foodland, etc.

Step-by-Step Miso Soup Recipe: Perfecting the Basics

Unlocking Miso Soup’s Flavor Palette: A Dive into Ingredients

There are three basic ingredients needed to make miso soup:

1. Miso

2. Dashi (soup stock)

3. Ingredients

Common miso soup ingredients are simple:

miso (barley miso or soybean miso),

dashi (kelp or bonito flakes), and ingredients (vegetables, tofu, wakame, etc.).

I prepare miso soup every day using only ingredients purchased in Thailand.

When choosing these ingredients, considering their taste and flavor,

and choose according to seasonality and personal preference.

Below are the basic ingredients and cooking steps for preparing miso soup

and amount of ingredients for 4 people.

Whip Up a Batch: Miso Soup Recipe and Cooking Guide (4 Servings)

Necessary ingredients:

1. Miso: 2-3 tablespoons (10g-15g)

2. Dashi soup (kelp, bonito flakes, etc.): 800ml of water and equivalent amount

It’s more delicious to start with preparing authentic dashi stock

from kelp or bonito by yourself but to be honest, it’s bit of a hassle,

so I buy powdered dashi stock from the SUSTAINA Organic Shop in Sukhumvit Soi 39.

Powdered dashi (soup stock)
Powdered dashi (soup stock) available at Sustaina

Supermarkets also sell granulated soup stock, so it’s a good idea to use it wisely.

3. Ingredients (example):

Basically, any ingredients are fine.

It’s okay to use only 2 types of ingredients as well.

Cooking steps:

Step 1. Preparing dashi soup stock:

full-fledged version

Fill a pot with water, add the kobu kelp and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

Remove the kelp just before turning on the high heat.

Just before it boils, add the bonito flakes, turn off the heat,

let it sit for about 5 minutes, and strain it through a colander.

This method is tedious to do at home, so I only do it on a special occasions.

Bonito flakes used for authentic soup stock
Bonito flakes (KATSUO-BUSHI) used for authentic soup stock
Kombu Kelp used for Dashi soup stock

Dashi soup is usually prepared using the following method.

Dashi soup using powdered soup stock

Pour water into a pot, add 1 tablespoon (5 g) of dashi powder

and bring to a boil with the ingredients.

The easiest way to cook is to use powdered soup stock.

Powdered soup stock
Powdered soup stock sold at Fuji Supermarket.)

Packed dashi version

Pour water into a pot, add 1 bag of dashi stock (about 5g) and bring to a boil.

Once it boils, simmer for about 5 minutes and remove the pack.

Packed soup stock
Packed soup stock sold at Fuji Supermarket.
Packed soup stock
This is what the pack of soup stock look like.

Step 2. Add ingredients:

Pour back the stock to the pot and simmer over medium heat

for 10 to 15 minutes until the ingredients are soft.

Today’s miso soup is radish and thinly fried tofu.
The ingredients are cut.

Step 3. Dissolve the miso:

Turn off the heat.

Do not let it boil after turning off the heat.

Place miso in another bowl and add a small amount of dashi stock to dissolve.

If you find it troublesome to wash more dishes,

put it in a ladle and dissolve it with a spoon.

By following these steps, you can prepare miso soup for 4 people.

You can adjust the ingredients and their amounts to suit your preferences,

so enjoy the miso soup with your favorite ingredients.

Enhance Your Miso Soup: Tips and Variations for Flavorful Twists

There are a variety of ingredients and variations in Miso Soup.

I’d like to introduce you to my favorite combination.

1. Radish + thin fried tofu

2. Wakame + tofu

3. Pork soup (pork belly, radish, carrot, konnyaku (Konjac), green onion, etc.)

4. Chinese cabbage + potato

Any combinations are basically delicious,

so try experimenting with different ingredients.

Miso soup with Tofu and Fried Tofu

The Power of Miso Soup: Nutrition Facts and Health Perks

Miso soup is rich in nutrients, especially B vitamins, protein, minerals,

and the healthful microorganisms that are unique to fermented foods.

Miso soup with Potato, Enoki mushroom and leaks

Miso made from soybeans contains soy isoflavones,

which are said to have a similar effect to female hormones.

In Conclusion: Miso Soup’s Delicious and Nutritious World

Today I introduced how to prepare miso soup.

With the recent boom in Japanese food, many people may want to try preparing it at home.

It’s easy to prepare and healthy, so please do try it at home.

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