Miso Soup has been around for
I hope you enjoy it.
But isn't Miso Soup already Vegan you might ask?
This may surprise you but no - it is not. You see the basic stock used to make Miso Soup, called Dashi, is made from 2 ingredients:
- a type of kelp seaweed called Kombu
- and something called Bonito Flakes (Katsuobushi ) which are literally shavings from a smoked, dried type of Tuna.
So no, not Vegan.
Kombu is Vegan and is one of the main ingredients, so I took a trip to my local Whole Foods to pick up a pack. It comes in dried sheets, very much like the Nori Sheets used to make Sushi, and can be kept stored for a very long time.
By the way - to answer the question "Can I just use Nori to make Miso Soup?" that would be a definitive no. Not
True Miso Soup is made with Kombu. If you do not have a Whole Foods, try your Trader
To replace the Bonito Flakes - I tried something new and ground up a small package of dried Shiitake Mushrooms in my food processor. The broth this made, along with the Kombu, was VERY flavorful and I highly recommend it.
I can see this powder being used in lots of recipes.
I realize that many of the ingredients in this soup may be strange or unknown to many of you, but I will include Amazon links to all of the ingredients in the recipe below. I wanted to make this as authentic as I could and to me, the results were worth it.
You see, many of these ingredients have what is called an "Umami" flavor, which is one of the 5 basic tastes (sour, sweet, salty, bitter). Umami is the savory
Umami was first scientifically identified in 1908 by Kikunae Ikeda, a professor of the Tokyo Imperial University. He found that glutamate was responsible for the palatability of the broth from kombu seaweed. He noticed that the taste of kombu dashi was distinct from sweet, sour, bitter, and salty and named it umami. - Wiki
So with the history lesson out of way, let's go make some umami flavored vegan miso soup.
Vegan Miso Soup
Start with a large soup pan and add 4 cups of cold water.
To this, add a 4-inch square piece of Kombu and turn the heat on med-high. I'll put all the Amazon links down below for easy access.
Just as the water begins to boil, and you see the Kombu has completely rehydrated and begins to curl and bubble, turn down the heat to simmer. Then whisk in ¼ cup of dried Shiitake Mushroom Powder.
To make the powder yourself, take a .5 oz package of dried Shiitake Mushrooms and grind them into a fine powder using a food processor (or Vitamix). I tried a coffee grinder and didn't have much luck.
Note: I'll also include a link to a pre-packaged powder you can buy down below. As I said - I see this being used in lots of recipes.
Allow the broth to simmer 10-15 minutes and then strain. You can save the piece of Kombu if you wish but it is mainly used to flavor the broth.
Place the broth back in the pan and then slowly stir in 4 tablespoons of Red Miso. Do not let the broth come to a boil - just a slow simmer as the excessive heat will destroy all the good enzymes in the Miso and change the flavor.
With the miso added, I simply stirred in 1 tablespoon of low-sodium Tamari (soy sauce will work also but Tamari is Gluten Free), an 8oz package of extra-firm Tofu I had cut into cubes, and about 3 to 4 Green Onions I sliced very thinly (about ¼ cup).
The last ingredient to a traditional Miso Soup is another type of seaweed called Wakame, just a tablespoon or two. It also comes dried and will rehydrate into long ribbons one it mixes into the broth.
I, being as absent-minded as I am, picked up the wrong kind of seaweed when I was at Whole Foods, and bought something called Dulse instead. You can use dulse if you want, but wakame is traditional. Or - you could simply add ½ cup or so of shredded Kale - which is what you see in the video.
Dulse is a red seaweed and is being called the "Bacon of the Sea" due to its unique taste. It will work - but is chewier than wakame. Chop into thin strips before using.
The thing I like most about this soup, with all the different flavors and especially the different seaweeds - is how nutritious it is.
We've got protein, and potassium, and iron, and iodine, and all the healthy enzymes from the miso.... this Vegan Miso Soup is like a superfood!
Which is probably why millions of Asians eat this soup 3x a day and stay so thin and healthy (until we introduce them to fried chicken and pizza that is).
So that's the recipe for the week.
It IS easy, but finding the ingredients might take a bit of effort. But as I said above, with all the nutritional qualities of this soup combined with its delicate umami flavor - I think it was well worth it.
If you make this please let me know how it turned out.
Thanks again for your support and until next week :
Keep on cookin'!
Note: The following are Amazon Affiliate Links and I do make a small
Vegan Miso Soup
- Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
- Category: Soup
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Asian, Vegan, GF
Miso Soup has been around for centuries, and is considered the ultimate comfort food for millions of people around the world. This week I tried my hand at making a very simple, but very tasty Vegan Miso Soup.
- 4 cups water
- 4" square piece of dried kombu seaweed
- ¼ cup dried shiitake mushroom powder
- 1 Tbs low-sodium Tamari (or soy sauce)
- 4 Tbs red miso paste
- 8 oz extra-firm tofu (cut into small cubes)
- ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1-2 Tbs wakame or dulse dried seaweed
- ½ cup kale (cut into thin strips) - optional
- Add the 4" piece of Kombu to 4 cups of water - bring to almost boiling and then turn down heat
- Whisk is mushroom powder and simmer/stir until smooth
- Strain (or just remove kombu)
- Whisk in the Miso and make sure to break up any clumps
- Add Tamari, tofu, green onions and gently stir to mix
- Add wakame, or dulse, or kale and simmer until just wilted
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I made this soup for the first time in November 2020 after searching online to find a vegan miso soup. I'm not vegan, but my daughter is. I think I chose to make this recipe because I prefer a heartier soup, and the photo didn't show just a few green onion slices and one or two small pieces of tofu in a bowl of broth. So glad I went with this one. I found all the ingredients at H Mart in Irvine, CA, except for the mushroom powder. Ended up buying a package of dried shiitake mushrooms, and I, too, was unsuccessful in trying to blend the mushrooms into a powder. Ended up just tossing the entire mushroom packet into the pan, and it was still awesome. I also doubled the tofu (because I couldn't remember if I needed one or two pounds of tofu to make the soup, and then doubled the green onions to balance out all of my mistakes).
I have made this multiple times for vegans and mostly non vegans with rave reviews and humbling compliments. I just returned from H Mart with the ingredients to make this soup again, and my sister made a comment about how I have the best recipe for miso, but she decided to find an easy recipe...I tried to explain this recipe is not only spectacular tasting, but also easy and quick, yet she seemed not to believe me?! Well, I will probably wait a couple of weeks to make this when I will see my daughter, but I will share it with my sister and her husband when I do. I just so appreciate that brandnewvegan shared this recipe. It has become a regular rotation, and so very easy and delicious.
How would white Miso work in this soup? I only have white miso right now.
Fine - might be a little milder in flavor but it will be fine
If I wanted to add shiitake mushrooms (dried) and bok choy to this soup, at what point do you recommend I add them?
I add my shiitake mushrooms when the mushroom powder is supposed to be added.. I don't know about bok choy, but if you separate the leaves and slice very thin, you could probably add with the tofu and green onions, etc., without much extra time to wait for the bok choy to wilt. I may try that, and maybe leeks, too~!
I think dulse is pretty mild, but wakame is very fishy to me, so I don't use as much as in this recipe. Miso soup is a traditional breakfast food in Japan where breakfast is more about vegetables than sugar the way it is in the states.
Chuck, this is a winner, winner, miso dinner! I added a tsp veggie bullion.Sooooooo tasty! THANKYOU!
Looks good! You'll notice from your Wiki quote that it's umami, with 2 m;s, not unami as in tsunami. Thought you'd like to know.
Yep you are SO right. My silly spellcheck did not catch it! thanks.
The miso paste should be the last thing added to the soup, and after it is taken off the boil. Since it never actually dissolves, mixing it in the boiling soup will not net anything except miso that's no longer probiotic-rich. After the soup is made, expect the miso to settle to the bottom of the bowl, and give it a stir before ladling or eating. If you're going to be traditional, leave out the kale.
True. I like to do what I saw in a Japanese cooking video and stir the miso into the broth through a tea strainer to make sure there are no lumps.