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Subject: Anyone make miso soup?
Date Posted: 5/30/2008 7:59 AM ET
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I've been trying for years to make miso soup that is as good as they serve in Japanese restaurants.  One of the most frustrating things is trying to get the miso paste to dissolve completely in the water without boiling it (I understand you remove some of miso's healthful properties if you heat it to boiling).  "Chopping" the chunk of miso paste into smaller bits helps somewhat but I still end up eating it wondering if someone will find an undissolved salty hunk of miso in their bowl.

If anyone has any experience with this, let me know.  Thanks!

Subject: miso soup
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 4:21 PM ET
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When working with any paste it helps to make a 'slurry'.  Add just a spoonful of liquid and muss around.  Then another.  By this time it should be 'loose' and runny and you can add it to  the main liquid without fear of lumps.   Don't forget a couple of drops of sesame oil and rings of scallions.  Yum.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 1:08 PM ET
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Thanks Celeste, that is actually a help!  I was just putting a big glob of it into the pot--- I will try your method next time and see if it produces more uniform results!  (And the scallions and wakame are a must!)

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 12:13 PM ET
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 There is a great new book out with a LOT of good info about how to make miso soup and other miso things. The title, tho, is very misleading, it's something like "Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat."  (an obvious take-off on the French book).

But the book is excellent in talking about how to eat healthy, using a lot of soy products and miso. There was lots of info about making the soup. I'd love to do it but there were too many ingredients that seem too hard to get, for me, anyway.....including miso!

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 4:00 PM ET
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I saw some 'instant' Miso soup at walmart today..think you add boiling water..anyone tried this type? it had a lot of sodium(typical of soups) but I've nver had the 'real deal' before but thought it might be good to use as a base and add a few shredded veggies or tofu..