How To Make Miso Soup

We have a wonderful Japanese restaurant near my home called Moritomo. We go there often for sushi, and I’ve always been amazed with the quality of their food, especially their miso soup.

I’ve tried a number of different recipes in an effort to make a soup that tastes similar to theirs, and after a dozen or so failures, I finally feel that I have come close. The trick, as it turns out, is adding just the right amount of bonito flakes to make the soup stock. This is my variation to a recipe that I found printed on the back of a block of shiro miso which I bought from an Asian food store in Burlington, VT.

  • Start with four cups of water in a sauce pan, and add two inches of kombu kelp. Bring this to a boil, and remove the kombu just as the water begins to boil.
  • Next, reduce heat to maintain a gentle boil and add 1/4 cup bonito flakes (lightly packed). Leave them in for 5 minuets
  • Prepare a colander lined with coffee filter material and run the soup stock through it to remove the bonito flakes. Add the stock back to the sauce pan. This is your soup stock. Known as dashi, it is the base stock for most Japanese soups and broths.
  • Add 3/4 cup soft tofu, cut into 3/8 inch squares, and three inches of wakame seaweed cut into 1/4 inch strips. Bring to a rolling boil for seven minuets to cook the tofu and wakame.
  • While the tofu and wakame are cooking, remove one cup of the soup stock, and place it into a bowl. Let it cool for one minuet and dissolve 3 and 1/2 tablespoons of shiro (white) miso, making sure that no little chunks remain.
  • Remove from heat, and allow to cool for two to three minuets.
  • Add the dissolved miso, garnish with chopped scallion rings and serve.


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