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Miso soup of the day: taste of spring

I had a difficult time in March… but spring has come, bringing hope to everyone.

Sakura is great, but I love canola flowers that tell us coming of early spring. Yellow gives me strong power to live.

I found canola flowers in a supermarket, so made miso soup with lotus root.

Miso soup of the day: chrysanthemum and Chinese yum

My husband visited our relative and harvested lots of vegetables last November, one of which was chrysanthemum.

In traditional Japanese cooking, we don’t really use edible flowers a lot, except for chrysanthemum and nanohana (canola flowers).

Typically chrysanthemums are used for sunomono, Japanese vinegared food.

But we got quite a lot, so I used some for miso soup.

To prepare, I picked petals off from the flowers and boiled quickly in the hot water with vinegar.

In the miso soup, I added Chinese yum together with chrysanthemum. Both of them are good for health – they have been used as traditional natural medicine.

Miso soup of the day: Okinawan-style

If you go and order a miso-soup combo in local restrants in Okinawa (southern islands in Japan), you will be surprised to see how big that miso soup is! Okinawan-style miso soup is filling and nutritious, using lots of ingredients. There are not strict rules – the important thing is to put lots of veggies.

I used bean sprouts, cabbage, carrots, onions, tofu, eggs, garlic and luncheon meat.
You can replace:

  • cabbage w/ lettuce (if you use lettuce, add it just before adding miso paste)
  • luncheon meat w/ pork or other processed pork like bacon

Here’s how I made it.

  1. Drain tofu (momen-type) to make its texchure like shima-dofu (okinawan-tofu) and cut (If you use shima-dofu, skip this process).
  2. Cut veggies and luncheon meat, then stir-fry with sesami oil in a pot.
  3. Pour water or broth and cook until soft.
  4. Add tofu and a spoonful of grated garlic.
  5. Add miso paste as you like.
  6. Drop an egg/person and boil as you like (like poached egg)
  7. Serve in a bowl!

Miso soup of the day: Kanpyo (dried gourd shavings)

Do you know “kanpyo”? It’s dried gourd shavings – brown, soft, sweet things often found in Japanese sushi rolls.

Last month, I got uncooked kanpyo for the first time in my life! It was produced by my relative who live in Tochigi – this area is famous for kanpyo production.

Kanpyo is a healthy food, abandunt in fiber, calcium and potassium. Like me, however, most of the average Japanese are not really familiar to uncooked kanpyo. When I’m not sure how to cook, I always try to put it in miso soup – Miso never lets me down!

One thing you should keep in mind cooking dried kanpyo is to scrab with salt when washing. Then boil about 15 minutes, cut it to the proper length.

This time, I also add beaten eggs in it, which went quite well with kanpyo.

Miso soup of the day: Acocado and scallion

Most of my blog followers are food / beauty experts or travelers who have tried various foods around the world, so I guess there is no need to explain about the benefits of avocados…

So now, let’s increase their benefits with the power of miso 🙂

Cut avocado, cook in broth and add miso paste. Top with chopped scallion. It’s also nice to add tofu in it.

FYI: It’s not a traditional recipe (generally speaking, for many Japanese, their mom’s traditional miso soup is the best in the world), so I don’t make it for others usually to avoid any complaints :p

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