What is Miso?
Miso is a Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans, rice koji, and salt. It comes in a variety of forms including paste and instant miso soups. Miso is a well-balanced, nutritious savory flavor enhancer that can be used in many dishes. Since miso is a fermented food, it might provide many health benefits which people are getting excited especially in recent years.
These types of miso is made of fermented soybeans, salt, and Koji. They are essential condiments for Japanese cooking and many Japanese dishes. You may know soy sauce. Miso is as important as soy sauce for traditional japanese cooking. You will see these pastes in every grocery store in Japan.
The paste could be used in a variety of ways:
- soup base – miso soup, stew, hot pot, and ramen
- marinating sauce for meat, fish, and tofu
- salad dressing
- dipping sauce
White Miso Paste (Shiro Miso Paste)
White miso has a light color of yellow or brown, and the flavor is not too strong. It is sometimes called yellow miso or brown miso, but technically it is categorized as white miso. It is widely used by Japanese restaurants, and also it is being used as a marinated sauce for fish, meat, and tofu. See Miko brand White Miso
Red Miso Paste (Aka Miso Paste)
As you can tell by the name, it is the red miso paste, which means that its fermentation aging period is much longer compared to white miso. The taste for Aka Miso is much stronger and heavier than white miso, but it has the highest level of protein content among all other kinds of miso. You may experience the strongest umami savory flavor in this miso. See Miko brand Red Miso
Mixed Miso (Awase Miso)
From the name that we know it is a combination, which is white miso + red miso. Awase miso is considered to be very popular among Japanese society, and the flavor is somewhere in between white miso and red miso.
Instant Miso Soup:
This type comes in two forms: powder and block. Instant Miso Soup normally has all the ingredients in the package itself such as tofu, seaweed, and garnish.
packet instant miso soup:
The packet instant miso soup usually comes with
However, block miso soup has sizable tofu and ingredients.
Freeze Dried instant miso soup:
Both instant miso soups can be enjoyed by placing contents in a small bowl and adding boiling water.
Is miso vegan?
Miso is vegan as it does not contain any animal products.
However, when you buy a miso paste, you should pay attention if the paste contains dashi broth in it. Many manufacturers have already added dashi to the paste. It is usually described in the label.
How to make miso from scratch?
In Japan, a small number of households still make miso from scratch, please see the following Youtube video made by our corporate team.
How to make miso soup from miso paste?
the biggest and the most common mistake people make is adding hot water to miso paste. It is missing a key ingredient, broth.
Miso is a condiment, it does not contain dashi (umami broth). if you want to make miso soup from scratch, You will need Miso, and broth of any kind. Unlike miso paste, instant miso soup packets contain dashi inside, so all you need to do in add hot water to the miso paste and garnish.
How is Miso beneficial to my health?
Miso contains a variety of nutrients such as proteins and vitamins. It is believed that Miso can lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease, and support the immune system. For more information, please click here.
Benefits of Miso
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