Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Miso Soup... from Scratch

This soup is THE BEST!!!!!! My neighbor (who is from Toyota Japan) taught me how to make this Old School Style! This soup is not Vegan the Miso has Bonito Stock which is made of fish.  The ingredients are kinda hard to kind... but I can help you with that!  Once you kind and buy the ingredients... you will have enough to make this soup 4-5 times... maybe more. This is what you need.

8 Cups of water... Bring to boil and then reduce heat as low as your stove will let you.
1/2 cup Miso Paste
1 Teaspoon Hon Dashi, Bonito Soup Stock Granules
2 Green Onions, chopped
1 Block Silken Tofu
1 Cup Mushrooms, I used Crimini
1 Handful of Ottogi Seaweed, Soaked to soften then chopped
1/2 Handful of Hijiki Seaweed

Miso Paste

Silken Tofu, I use the good stuff!

My favorite Seaweed... Ottogi

Hjiki Seaweed

Bonto Stock Granuals

Green Onions

Soaked, Chopped Ottogi

Chopped Mushrooms

Cut Tofu

Dry Hijiki

Pour water into a large pan bring to a boil... and then reduce heat as low as your stove will let you.
Using a strainer helps disolve.
If you heat the Miso to much you will kill all the good stuff. NEVER LET IT BOIL! I use a small strainer and a wooden spoon to disolve the miso into the water. I let the miso simmer while I prepare the rest of the ingredients. 

Chop your mushrooms, and green onion... soak the ottogi and chop, add to soap along with Hijiki... add the cut tofu at the end. and you are done!!!!

Okay... so Miso is known to have some serious benefits to ones diet. Some good reasons to eat Miso Soup:

1. The Japanese have one of the lowest rates of breast cancer. I believe this is due to the fact that they consume large quantities of iodine, mainly in the form of miso soup and seaweed. 
2. Miso creates healthy microflora that actually go to work for you, creating the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay strong and energized!
3. Reduces risks of cancer including breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer.

4. Protection from radiation
5. Immune strengthening
6. Antiviral -- miso is very alkalizing and strengthening to the immune system helping to combat a viral infection.
7. Prevents aging - high in antioxidants, miso protects from free radicals that cause signs of aging.
8. Helps maintain nutritional balance - full of nutrients, beneficial bacteria and enzymes, miso provides: protein, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, tryptophan, choline, dietary fiber, linoleic acid and lecithin.
9. Helps preserve beautiful skin - miso contains linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps your skin stay soft and free of pigments.
10. Helps reduce menopausal complaints - the isoflavones in miso have been shown to reduce hot flashes.
 I seriously can go on and on.....


  1. Ya lost me on the seaweed. I have tried really hard to like it, but to me it tases like getting a mouthful of ocean water while bodysurfing!

  2. I have learned to eat things that I might not care for too much. I have been a Vegan for over a year now... so I have acquired a taste for pretty much everything I could not stomach a year ago. So... if it's good for me... I eat it. It is important to eat seaweed when you are a vegan ... I will post some benefits. Hope you change your mind soon!


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