This Japanese soup is so simple yet sublime and my kind of light, yet satisfying comfort food. It takes just minutes to prepare and is very nourishing. Miso is a fermented soybean paste. I prefer organic brown rice miso paste but any miso paste will work. I also avoid MSG so I shop Asian markets to find no-MSG Dashi Katsuo (Dashi no moto: instant powdered soup stock made with dried bonito tuna flakes (katsuobushi) and kombu).
Yield: 2 servings
4 cups of boiling water
4 tablespoons brown rice or organic white miso paste
2 slices of firm tofu cubed
2 packets of Dashi Katsuo (MSG free Bonito powder)
1 green onion chopped
Place miso and instant dashi soup mix in each bowl. Add about ½ cup of boiling water and dissolve the paste. Add remaining water, tofu and green onions. Stir and serve.
© 2010 Aron David Bradley