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    A Short Guide To Faster Miso Soup

    By thomas | November 26, 2007

    Miso soup is a staple food in my house. Sadly, no matter how many times I make it, I never get the right amount of miso on the first try. I have to add more miso (or extra water) several times before I can get it just the way I like it. This takes time. I have to wait for the miso to dissolve. Even if I do get the miso right on the first try, waiting for it to dissolve can be a pain. Luckily there’s a little trick you can do to shave some time off your miso soup preparation time.

    Fast Miso

    1. Get a good glop of miso.
      Miso Soup Trick 1: Get a glop of miso
    2. Slop that glop into a ladle.
      Miso Soup Trick 2: Slop the glop into a ladle
    3. Fill your ladle with soup broth.
      Miso Soup Trick 3: Fill the ladle with water
    4. Mix the miso and water for a few seconds, until the water gets brownish.
      Miso Soup Trick 4: Mix the miso and water
    5. Pour the water out of the ladle, being careful not to dump the remaining miso into the pot.
      Miso Soup Trick 5: Dump the water out, leaving the miso
    6. Repeat steps 3-5 until there is no more miso left.
      Miso Soup Trick 6: Repeat as needed
      Miso Soup Trick 7: Until there is no miso left
    7. Taste your soup. If it’s too weak, repeat steps 1-6. If it’s too strong, add water.
    8. Itadakimasu!

    By creating a mini-bowl with your ladel and dissolving a little bit of miso at a time, you end up saving time. Once you get good at this technique, you can dissolve an enormous glop of miso in mere seconds. Enjoy!

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    10 Responses to “A Short Guide To Faster Miso Soup”

    1. Peter Says:
      November 26th, 2007 at 5:05 pm

      Great interview! I love that picture of Noah with the banana on his head!

    2. Jonneh Says:
      November 26th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks! I love miso soup :D

    3. Harvey Says:
      November 27th, 2007 at 1:53 am

      Ahhhhh, I’ve seen my wife doing that! Now I know why!

    4. Gabuchan Says:
      November 29th, 2007 at 5:50 am

      Good site.

    5. thomas Says:
      December 1st, 2007 at 12:15 am

      @Peter: My mom sent that monkey outfit from home and we knew right away what picture we had to do :)

      @Jonneh: Me too! It’s one of my favorite Japanese tastes.

      @Harvey: I learned this trick from the wife too. Actually, a lot of these nihonhacks are things I learned from my wife.

      @Gabuchan: Thanks a lot! I hope you’ll keep visiting.

    6. joeworm Says:
      January 25th, 2008 at 7:45 am

      Huh? I thought mixing the miso with a little water before adding it was standard practice.

      Also, since miso has live cultures in it (unless it has been pasteurized), you should only add it once the soup stock has stopped boiling. Otherwise you’ll lose the benefits of the live cultures.

    7. Justin Says:
      January 28th, 2008 at 7:30 am

      I had miso for the fist time last year. I fell in love with it!

    8. majime Says:
      January 31st, 2008 at 1:51 am

      that doesn’t look like real miso soup to me.

    9. Hugo Says:
      April 30th, 2008 at 12:37 am

      Actually the real FASTER way to make miso is using a laddle sized colander. You can purchase those in most stores. They sometimes come with a matching spoon. Just press on the miso to force it through the walls of the colander while you dip it it in the soup. Takes 2 seconds and all the miso is in the soup.
      Saw that on TV…

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