Miso Soup with Tofu
Finally cold weather is creeping in with possibilities of snow. I was waiting for snow to start falling down, as well as my kids. The other day my youngest one says” but…but mom it’s December where is the snow?” -Funny and smart little man but how to explain to 6 year old that he might just see the glimpse of white blanket on the ground.
But let’s get back to the soup….
My family eats a lot of soup on a daily bases. We have to have bowl of warm soup each and every day, no matter what kind. It might be just a ramen from the cup done in 5 min. or some gourmet soup that take some time to cook. Soups are staple of our household.
Just last week I had a “shiro miso” soup from the package, and I loved it since I didn’t have to do much of a cooking and didn’t feel well enough to cook, but this weekend I made stock and kept it in the fridge for later use, which was fast for me to make a soup in a few minutes.
I learned a lot about Japanese cuisine from my friend and well respected blogger Namiko from award winning blog Just one cookbook. She is the sweetest person and would always find time to help any reader with the question. I said many times her recipes never failed me and I just adore her blog as well as recipes that she is presenting. So when I crave something with Japanese kick I head over and look up some of her mouthwatering and simple dishes. This miso soup was just slightly changed in measurements that I experimented according to my taste but it’s not extreme change from her original recipe. Check out her never disappointing recipes and also because right now she is hosting giveaway that you just might want to enter.
What is shiro-miso?
It is Japanese white fragmented bean paste.
In Japan soups are eaten every day and shiro miso soup served with steamed rice is the most simple and delicious soup, not to mention healthy.
Dashi is essential for Japanese cooking. It is like bouillon cube in Western cooking to make the flavor of the dish richer and tastier. Dashi is a basic stock made from variation of dry ingredients, and to name most common ones such as dry Kelp or you might saw as a Kombu, Bonito flakes (Katsuobushi-dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna used extensively in Japanese cuisine, where it is known as katsuo), and/or Shiitake dashi made from soaked Shiitake Mushrooms.
All those could be easily found in Japanese markets, as well in larger International stores or of course online.
slightly adapted from Just one Cookbook
- 4 Cups of Dashi
- 1 Tbs. Soy sauce
- 3 Tbs. Shiro Miso Paste
- 1 Cup firm tofu, diced into small cubes
- 2 Wakame-Seaweed, soaked (it’s not nori) *optional
- 2-3 Scallions, chopped
- Bring stock(dashi) to boil and stir in soy sauce.
- In a mixing bowl, mix about 1/4 cup of the warm stock into the miso paste with a wire whisk until the miso is dissolved.
- Pour this mixture back into the remaining stock and stir.
- Soak the wakame in a hot water until soft/or you can boil it for minute or two.
- Place scallions, cubed tofu, and soaked wakame into bowls and gently ladle soup into the bowls.
- 1 Dried Kelp(Kombu)
- 1 Handful Bonito Flakes
- 6 Cups of water
- Wipe the kombu(Dried Kelp).
- Put water in a pot and soak kombu in the water for about 15 minutes.
- Put the pot on low heat to simmer and remove the kombu just before the water boils. Add katsuobushi(bonito flakes).
- Remove any foam that rise to the surface, and turn off the heat.
- Let it set until bonito flakes sink on the bottom.
- Strain the stock through the clean thin cloth or thick paper towel.
*Dashi can be stored in airtight jars or containers and in the fridge for later use for up to 5 days.
Cool way to preserve the flavor, you can pour dashi in the ice-cube dishes and freeze–for serving or two you would just need to drop them in the pot with water to flavor some other dishes.
Difference between Wakame and Nori:
- Nori is red algae and it is pulped and laid out to dry in thin, paper-like sheets, cut into squares, where wakame is simply dried whole seaweed and not pulped. However wakame can be found fresh and in sealed packages in refrigerated sections.
- Nori is meant to be eaten dry and used for sushi, garnishes, snacks however wakame is tough if dried, made out of the brown seaweed and it has to be soaked/or boiled.
- If you are vegetarian/vegan use Shiitake dashi instead of katsuobushi (bonito flakes).
I hope you will try this simple soup, because it is very easy preparation but full of flavor especially when you make it at home.
Wishing you great week!!!!