Soup, one of the many perks of the colder months! Of course i miss the sun, and tears roll down my cheeks when i think about all those delicious fruits i have to miss for over half a year, but it is all good because there is soup. Nothing beats eating a warm, comforting and flavourful bowl of soup, on those cold autumn and winter days.
Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup and is one of those dishes you can’t really go wrong with. In Japan many people eat this soup at least once a day, yes thats how good this soup is. The nice thing about this soup is that you can make it as simple or complex as you’d like. You can play around with many different vegetables, eat it with noodles or maybe you’d like to add rice to your bowl, you can even be as bold as to pour it over some steamed potatoes. There are different kinds of miso paste, you’ve got red, yellow and white paste. For this recipe i’ve used white miso paste, but you can any kind of miso paste you like.
One of the ingredients you’ll find in authentic miso soup is dashi, a broth commonly made from kombu (seaweed) and katsuobushi (dried fish flakes). Of course we want to make a vegan dashi, and all you need to do to make it vegan is swap the fish flakes for dried mushrooms. The dashi will add more complex flavours to the dish, but feel free to skip it if you don’t have the ingredients or are short on time, you’ll still have a yummy soup. You can make a quick broth by simply using some vegetable stock instead.
You can have this soup with many different sides, this time i went for some cooked edamame beans, but again the possibilities are endless. You can also throw some dumplings in your soup just cook them with the broth until they start to float to the top, or maybe you want to have it with some rice, its all up to you! If you do want to have some dumplings you can find some recipes here or over here.
Since the days keep getting colder and colder you can expect me to add more soup recipes these coming months. Feel free to let me know what kind of soups you’d like to see!