Looking back on many of the recipes that we have featured in this series, many contain Miso as an ingredient. Miso, also known as miso paste, is a traditional Japanese ingredient made by fermenting soybeans with salt and a fungus (don’t worry, it is safe to eat), and sometimes other things such as rice, wheat, barley, or other things. Miso comes in generally three types. There is white miso, which has the weakest flavor of the three, awase (or mixed), and red miso, which has the strongest flavors of the three as it has been fermented the longest. We know we keep saying fermented and people get scared of that word but do not worry as miso is not natto, which is something that belongs in the garbage and real friends will not allow you to eat it.
The concept behind miso is a balance that one should carefully think about when making miso. Often, "negi" (scallions) and tofu are put in together with wakame (seaweed) because these three all have lighter flavors and counter the strong flavor or the miso. Miso soup is a comfort food that can be eaten at any time of the day and is able to be consumed with any meal. You see the odd-couple–wait, no? What do you call them? Ah!–the unique family that is Tooru and Kobayashi, along with Kanna and the others, enjoy miso soup throughout the series. Quintessential, miso soup should recharge you, get you ready for the day ahead, or help you relax after a long day. Either way, it’s delicious and great for your health. Let’s dig into this delicious recipe!
Miso Soup from Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
What You Will Need:
This really depends on what you use as your base miso. If you are using red or mixed (awase), then feel free to add in any and all vegetables. Daikon, carrots, mushrooms (all kinds work), onions, and really anything will work well in this setup. If you are using white, do not shy away from a different flavor such as seaweed. We know that most westerners are not gaga over the concept, but it still is something to consider to push your palate in a direction that you may not know you liked! The recipe we are giving you is quite simple, so if you are wanting to try something a bit more difficult, then feel free to add in more!
How to Cook It:
1The most important thing in the beginning to note is that you should NEVER boil miso paste. Once the miso paste hits the water, the water should be a lot calmer. When you boil miso it breaks it down leaving you with a rather grainy texture akin to sand. So beware.
2In a small pot, bring your water to a boil on high heat.
3Once it is there, add in your dashi fish stock and stir quickly to have it dissolve.
4If you prefer your vegetables to be soft, then you can add them in here now. Typically though, this is not where you will add them in as veggies need a little more texture in Japanese cooking.
5Reduce your heat to medium-low. From here, add in your miso paste and use a whisk to mix it. Stir for at least a minute or two so that all of it is dissolved properly.
6Now gently add in your sliced tofu and onions.
7Reduce the heat to low and simply let it slightly simmer and stay warm for at least a few minutes. Be sure not to boil it here by accident unless you want sand soup!
8Transfer to a bowl and it is ready to go.
(Note: You are working with boiling water, so please be careful. )
Those are the big pairing items for those ready to try the full deal out. What do you think? Be sure to let us know what you thought of this edition of anime recipes and let us know if there is anything else that you would like us to cover. Until next time!