Miso is a very popular soup in Japan and around the world. Taken daily by most Japanese people, it has the perfect blend of umami flavours, and is said to be good for the digestion. It’s made by fermenting soy beans with sea salt and koji (fermented rice or barley). Many miso recipes use seaweed, avoid for thyroid issues or if in iodine medication.
Vegan Miso Soup (Crowded Kitchen) is made with dried shiitake mushrooms to replace the fish for vegan dashi, and dried kombu seaweed, an edible kelp with deep umami flavour. The other ingredient is – water!
High in protein and rich in vitamins, it’s salty to taste, but some versions are also sweeter. You can’t really describe the taste, because it depends on the ingredients. But it’s pure ‘umami’. One chef described it as a mix of ‘beans, nut butter, Parmesan cheese, salt and sugar’. There are many kinds of miso, often depending on which grains and beans are used.
Miso Mushroom & Spinach Pasta (Short Girl, Tall Order) is a gluten-free linguine dish, made with crispy mushrooms, iron-spinach spinach and a miso vegan butter sauce.
Miso Garlic Glazed Brussels Sprouts (Short Girl, Tall Order) mixes salty miso with roasted garlic and sweet maple syrup, for a crispy and tasty side dish. Just 8 ingredients, to please a crowd.
Where to Buy Vegan Miso Soup
Recycle any plastic packaging with household waste, or at grocery bag recycling bins.
Clearspring Instant Miso Soup is sold in convenient sachets, so you can make them up like cup-a-soup, by adding hot water. Ideal for work or travel, this is produced in Japan to an original recipe, and uses either tofu or sea vegetables, with a green salad onion garnish.
- Miso Tasty is a major brand of miso paste in white or red flavours, which you can use to add miso flavour or make your own miso soup. Fermented for six months with rice and soybeans, this is made in Japan, organic and GMO-free.
- Tideford Organics White Miso Paste (recycle the plastic tub) is made with fresh white miso made from soy beans, yeast and koji culture. It’s fermented over 6 months for a mild yet complex flavour, and is good with light sauces, dressings and marinades. Also available in sachets for travel.
- Tsubi Soup is an instant miso soup. It’s sold in 4 flavours. Just place a cube into a cup, add hot water and watch as the cube miraculously turns into soup in 10 seconds. Then relax and enjoy your soup moment!