Friday, January 16, 2009

Miso Yummy!

Last night's (thursday)dinner was delish! J made the Pork fried rice -and I made the miso soup. First off, I have to say it was a little more difficult to find miso paste than I thought. I knew when I thought about adding the soup to my dinner schedule that I was going to have to pick up a couple of things, but seriously didn't think that it would be that hard to find it. I mean, doesn't everyone like miso? Needless to say, we went to a couple of stores and finally a clerk at Safeway told me to check out this little mini mart - we pulled up and it's an old garage. I have seen it before, driven by it, but never stopped in. J and I walked in and were giddy- we were like kids in a candy store! Half of the store was asian foods, real asian foods: packaging and all! There was an aisle for hispanic foods, foods from the U.S., and russian foods. We found the miso paste right away, then saw other stuff that we only find at Uwajimaya's!!!! It's only 15 minutes from our house! YES!

Okay back to the dinner. We spent an extra six bucks and got the miso paste -which you only use about a teaspoon for the soup and you can throw it in the freezer and it never freezes solid, so it should last us .... oh a couple of months (tee hee), we also got a bag of noodles, and bag of shrimp chips for a snack -hey, half the bag is only 150 calories and it's a lot of chips.

The soup is absolutely gorgeous, but I was so wound up in the moment that I forgot to get a picture to share. So, when we make this again I'll definitely get one.

Without further adieu - the recipe:

Tory's Miso soup

2.5 cups of dashi broth (we used 2 cans of vegetable broth)
1 tsp of miso paste
1 bunch of green onions, sliced length wise or diced up
1/2 sheet of sushi nori (seaweed) sliced in short strips
1/2 cube of semi firm tofu, chopped into 1/4 in cubes

heat up in a saucepan and serve in little miso bowls. it is that easy and it so yummy-

what I'll do different next time:
-pick up the dashi broth from the market, I thought that it'd be fine to use the vege broth (which it is), but I like that clarity of the dashi broth, so the next time I'm at the market I'll fork out the $1.78 for the cubes.
-get the firm tofu. I bought what was on sale and I saw that they offered tofu just for soups-that's what I got. It was too soft, it didn't cube well and my kids thought that it looked and tasted gross. I promptly informed them that tofu has no flavor. They just looked at each other and then finished their soup. Ha HA! Victorious!
-There are different types of miso. We got the red miso - it was so good, but now I'm curious what the others taste like. Rather than pick up the others to try here and there, I'll just wait ('cause I'm frugal like that) until we polish off this paste and then we'll move from there.

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