I am a chef on a luxury world cruise liner. I love to cook and write recipes that are inspired by foods from all over the world.
Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made with miso and dashi. Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans and barley. Dashi is a stock made from dried kelp or dried bonito. These are both common ingredients in Japanese cooking.
Japanese cuisine is one of my favorites. I am amazed by their preparation and cooking techniques; they seem to be able to express themselves artistically through their food.
I often find myself craving Japanese food. This evening, I made my affordable version of miso soup that does not require dashi stock. Instead, I used plain water—and the end result tasted close to the traditional soup. I must say that I'm satisfied with it, and I invite you to give my recipe a try.
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- 150 grams tofu, cubed
- 25 grams miso powder
- 20 grams water spinach
- 1 tablespoon spring onions, chopped
- 1 litre water
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 1 large bowl
- 1 medium bowl
- 1 small bowl
- 1 plate
- measuring spoons
- weighing scale
- cooking spoon
- Pour water into the pot. Add the miso powder. Allow it to boil.
- Add tofu. Simmer for few minutes or until the tofu is cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Turn off the heat. Add water spinach and spring onions. Cover the pot to cook the vegetables.
- Serve while still hot.
Miso Soup Without Dashi Stock Step-by-Step Procedure
Tips and Techniques
- Try using fresh miso paste rather than miso powder.
- Increase the amount of tofu, spinach, and spring onion if preferred.
- Add small slices of fish if desired.
- Replace plain water with fish stock if available.
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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 01, 2019:
Yes, you can ised dried seaweed to replace spinach.
Unknown on July 01, 2019:
Can I use dried seaweed instead of spinach because that's what I have
Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 07, 2018:
Miso soup totally matches any Japanese dishes with rice. I love it as it has the wonderful balance of taste.
Angel Harper on October 07, 2018:
I've only ever had miso soup at Yo sushi, I guess I should try making it! Thanks for this!!
Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 06, 2018:
Yes, you can simply have it with water. Another option is to use a fish powder. It won't taste the same but far closer to the authentic one. Have a nice day!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 06, 2018:
I love miso soup and today, I found miso paste in the grocery. I still have to look for dashi stock. If not, I'll follow what you did where you just used water.