What Is Miso Paste? We’ve included the answer for you below. How it is made might be a bit surprising, but it is a delicious complement to many foods.
What Is Miso
Miso is the Japanese name for soybeans that have been fermented and made into a paste. It is a must have in the Japanese culture. It is eaten with many different dishes. Miso can also be made with barley or rice which have mold and salt added and then aged for 6-36 months. Somehow through this gross sounding process, they result in a tasty paste that can be golden, reddish-brown, dark brown or even black.
How to Use Miso
Miso paste is known for giving some foods a meaty taste. It is also often used to flavor soups. It could also be used as dressing on a salad, a marinade or a sauce. Miso is very common in any given Asian markets but is also becoming more common in supermarkets in general.
Most often you will find miso and rice together in any Japanese dish. This is very much a staple in their culture. It would be the equivalent of pizza and ice cream or meat and potatoes to most Americans. The Japanese often eat rice and miso soup for breakfast with a side of whatever meat was left from dinner the previous night.
Soup can be made with miso by adding dash stock or by placing the paste in boiling water and stirring until it is dissolved. A garnish could then be placed on the soup by adding in tofu, slices of button, dried seaweed or anything else you have readily available.
Miso paste is primarily made from fermented soybeans. It is very prominent in the Japanese culture and used to add flavor in many different types of foods.
Have you tried miso paste before? What is your favorite way to use it?
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