One ingredient our fridge is never without is a jar of fresh miso paste. I like to think of it as the 'Asian Cup-of-Soup' as you simply scoop out a tablespoon, add hot water and stir for an instant savoury bowl of nourishment. This fermented soy soup base has saved us many a time when we have returned home hungry from the studio, tired from overseas travels or when our stomach's are feeling a little off. When we are famished though and reluctant to venture out into Sydney's winter for a store foraged dinner we make our Emergency Miso Soup. This recipe is more of an easy assemblage of ingredients we can find in our kitchen - all cooked simply and arranged in and around a bowl of steaming hot miso broth.
For two servings
- 2 Tbsp miso paste
- 1 bundle soba noodles
- 2 handfuls of sliced mushrooms
- Knob of ginger sliced
- 1 handful of cubed firm tofu
- 2 eggs
- 3 Kale leaves
- Olive oil
- Sprinkle of chilli flakes (for extra warmth)
- Cook the soba noodles, rinse well and place to the side
- Sautee the mushrooms, ginger, tofu and chilli flakes in a teaspoon of butter until they are nicely browned and place to the side
- Wash, tear up the kale leaves and lightly toss in olive oil. Gently crispen under a grill and place to the side once crunchy
- Boil your eggs to your favourite hardness then peel
- Place 1 Tbsp of miso paste into each of the two bowls
- Boil 3 cups of water, letting it sit for two minutes to allow it to cool then pour 1.5 cups over the miso paste in each of the bowls whisking the water and miso together with a fork at the same time to dissolve the paste
- Splitting all of your seperately cooked ingredients into two, add them into each bowl or serve segregated - each as its own dish
- Cosy up and enjoy your warming bowl of Emergency Miso Soup!
- If the soup broth separates into suspended miso clouds in the cooling water just give it a quick stir to re-homogenise it
- Using this recipe as a base you can sub-in any of your favourite ingredients to make your own version of Emergency Miso Soup eg. no noodles on hand - add in a small dish of rice, no kale - add in whatever greens you have
- Give your kitchen cupboards a good poke around and sprinkle over or add any extra delicious condiments you may find eg. sesame seeds, nori flakes, kimchi, pickled vegetables, tamari etc.