If you’re interested in Japanese miso soup, don’t confine yourself to the powdered soup packets that people use to make instant miso, says taylor_blair. Instead, try to make real miso soup, with dashi (a stock made from kombu seaweed and bonito flakes) and authentic miso paste. Miso paste can be found in the refrigerated section of Japanese grocery stores, or online. Miso paste is usually made from fermented soybeans, though Richard 16 likes brown rice miso and the barley miso from South River Miso.
Miso comes in white and red varieties. White miso, which is actually a shade of light beige, is sweeter and less pungent than red miso, and therefore great for beginners, says Miss Needle. Sister Y notes that red miso is more commonly used for soup than white miso. If you try white miso soup and find it too sweet, try red miso instead, she advises.
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