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Old 01-28-2010, 10:36 PM   #1
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ISO easy miso soup

I bought some miso. Now I need to find an easy recipe with readily available ingredients.
There is a recipe with turnip, but I do not like the turnip. Also it calls for some kind of dashi tingy?

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Old 01-28-2010, 11:02 PM   #2
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I bought some miso. Now I need to find an easy recipe with readily available ingredients.
There is a recipe with turnip, but I do not like the turnip. Also it calls for some kind of dashi tingy?
The dashi thingy is made with bonito flakes and kelp. But here is an easy miso that taste good. Take some dried shiitake mushrooms. Rinse them off, then soak them in water for about two hours. Chop up the mushrooms. Bring the soaking water to a boil add the mushrooms after about two or three min turn off the heat mix in the miso.

Put miso in strainer put the strainer in the broth and use a spoon to push the miso thru. This will make sure you do not have clumps. Add green onion to bowl then add your soup and enjoy.
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:04 PM   #3
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Dashi is Bonito flakes and MSG (Japanese soup stock base - salty and fishy in flavor). (no kelp).
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:26 AM   #4
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Dashi is Bonito flakes and MSG (Japanese soup stock base - salty and fishy in flavor). (no kelp).
Sounds like your taking about instant dashi.


For some good info on making dashi check this link out.
http://japanesefood.about.com/od/sou...tdashisoup.htm
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:32 AM   #5
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Power plant, gosh (do you have a name?) thank you. Interesting chalange. See if i can find any of those ingidients kosher, an add bonus for the chlange.


Speaking of that is there something that dashi could be substituted? Probably will not be very Japanise, but never the less?
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:28 PM   #6
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Charlie,

Miso soup is very easy. Real miso soup has 2 essential components: Miso and dashi. You need both.

You have the miso. I prefer white miso for soup but some people like yellow or red.

Dashi is a broth made with both dried bonito (fish) and dried kombu (kelp seaweed).

You can find the bonito and kelp at some asian markets -- to make your own broth. Or you can buy dry dashi granules like boullion powder. The dry stuff should be in most asian markets. It comes in both jars and foil packages.

For every quart of dashi broth you use, dissolve about 1/4 cup miso paste. Or to taste.

Good additions are tofu, shitake or wood ear mushrooms, scallions, lbster, shrimp, etc.

Vegetaraians make miso soup without the dashi, just using the kombu.

You can skiop the dashi but it won't taste anything like real miso soup.
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:21 PM   #7
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Power plant, gosh (do you have a name?) thank you. Interesting chalange. See if i can find any of those ingidients kosher, an add bonus for the chlange.


Speaking of that is there something that dashi could be substituted? Probably will not be very Japanise, but never the less?
Name is James.

You could make Mushroom dashi. This one calls for shiitake mushrooms but you could use just about any dried mushroom.
Japanese shiitake mushroom stock - Japanese soup stock recipes
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:58 PM   #8
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CharlieD, check your miso label. Many of the buckets of miso sold in markets today have dashi already mixed into the paste. I always have stock of the granulated instant dashi on hand. One of my earliest daily kitchen chores as a kid was shaving blocks of dried bonito. They look like footballs made of coal, and are tough as granite. I've also made scratch dashi from dried shiitake and sardines.

By the way, dashi, sake, and a bit of soy sauce makes a heavenly soup.
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I just use miso paste, baby bok choy chopped up, seaweed, fresh mushrooms, and extra firm tofu. Sometimes I add thinly diced celery. I'm actually making this tomorrow because my fiance is sick.
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Sounds like I am out of dashi. Chances are it is not kosher. James, thank you for the link. Are the American shitake mushrooms the same as Japanise? I cannot buy dry mushrooms as they have to be kosher and dry mushrooms mostly are not.
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