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1.30.2008

Miso Soup...Western Style



I'm telling you right off the bat,I've never been a fan of Miso soup. Instant or the ones I have had at some sushi places really don't appeal to me. I want to like Miso,I really do.I hear people wax poetic over it and I never got the hype. I have had some terrific dishes with Miso as a component and have loved it!Just not the soup.There are so many benefits to Miso that I want to explore it more, on my terms.
Saturday I have a big last minute invite to a Gala at the Opera.I had been quite involved with them for some years, but have dropped out of the 'scene'. My aunt is still a grand dame on the social scene and quite the fashion plate. Pick up a magazine or social page and there she is. So what does this have to do with Miso? Not much, but I can't fit into any of my many ball gowns and need to eat light for a few days and drink tons of green tea. Not much notice is there? So trying to figure out a low cal healthy dinner with Certain Someone out with his boyz all night, I ventured to the new improved Hyde Park Produce. Since Co Op is no more and Treasure Island is still not ready, the expanded neighborhood produce shop was packed.It has everything. It reminded me of a mini Whole Foods with good prices. In wandering the aisles I found this.





I decided to revisit the Miso and have a light dinner. The instructions were simple enough. It takes no time and its essentialy simmering onion, Wakame Flakes, carrots, etc. in a broth or water(The Miso soups I have had before didn't have much in it). You add the Miso diluted slightly in water , but NEVER LET IT BOIL(or it loses it good properties). In quick research of Miso and Wakame I find its packed with health benefits( reduced cancer risks,restorative powers,etc). Wakame has been found to burn fatty tissue! I was amazed how this sea vegetable expanded!There's a lot of it in the world and we need to eat it up. Wakame if anything, was the only thing I ever liked about Miso Soup in the past and now I want to find other ways to use it like a Tofu Salad. My contraversial deviation was that I used chicken broth( I hear the gasps) rather than dashi. I know its not pure Miso Soup, but tough , I liked it!I also added some fried tofu cubes. A light refreshing lunch/dinner that I plan to consume until Saturday. I have changed my mind and homemade Miso soup is pretty good.

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6 comments:

Deborah said...

I can't even remember the last time I had Miso soup. I need to try it again some time!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Anything that claims it burns fatty tissue, I'm all over it!!! I had miso soup once, and I have to say I felt like you. But I just might have to give it another try! I like tofu though.

chou said...

Argh. I just typed a bunch and then lost it. Grrr. Hooray that the new produce store opened--I wish I was home RIGHT NOW. Great idea with the miso, and have fun dancing the night up. ;)

Mary said...

I can't eat soy, but your soup looks way better than any of the other Miso soups I've seen. I wish I could eat it!

Cynthia said...

I've never had miso soup before.

Jasmine said...

The first time I had miso soup was in the local good sushi place (as opposed to the various mediocre and bad sushi places), and I hated it. Got nauseous, had migraines etc...

Then I went to a mediocre sushi place and had some. Totally different experience--quite good.

Went back to the first place and tried it and no bad reactions. Found out that they were using a bit of salmon stock in the broth...and I'm allergic to salmon. They stopped using the salmon and I'm much happier...

j