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How to Make Spicy Miso Soup


The quantities listed below make approximately 4-6 medium-size servings.


2 medium yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 large handfuls of any type of mushrooms, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 large zucchini, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces
1 bunch of enoki mushrooms (optional)
1 bunch of green onions, finely chopped
1 block of medium to firm tofu, cubed into bite-size pieces
2 heaping tablespoons of miso
2 teaspoons of gochoojang (Korean chili paste)
1.5 to 2 liters of vegetable or chicken broth (about 2 standard-size cartons found in most grocery stores)
Cooking oil


1. Sauté carrots, onions, and mushrooms (except enoki) in oil over medium heat in a medium to large soup pot for 5 minutes or until onions and mushrooms are lightly browned.

2. Add zucchini and cook for another minute or two.

3. Add broth, bring to a boil, then lower heat to low to allow stew to simmer for 5 minutes. While simmering, add miso and chili paste. You can hold a stainless steel strainer so it sits in the stew and gently press and smear the miso and chili paste through the strainer until both are well dissolved into the stew. Discard the bit of fibrous miso residue that is left in the strainer.

4. Add green onions, enoki mushrooms, and tofu. Stir gently and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes. Have a taste of the broth and feel free to add more miso and/or gochoojang if desired.

Enjoy this delicious soup on its own or with side bowls of rice. If you enjoy poached eggs, you can add one egg per person to the simmering stew 5 minutes before ladling into serving bowls. If you plan on storing leftovers, it's better to skip the eggs.

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Hi Dr. Kim, really appreciate your great posts and recipes. Wanted to mention to your readers that most broths for sale contain Natural Flavors as an ingredient. Unfortunately Natural Flavors often contain MSG (monosodium glutamate), which causes many health issues. Read the labels!!
All the best,
Shawn Knudeson

I do see that Pacific Foods Organic Bone Broth, (Chicken) has no Natural Flavors listed!

I enjoy the convenience of having the little (236mls) Pacific Foods tetra paks on hand when a recipe calls for 1/4 cup or 2 TBLS of broth. However, the rest of the time I enjoy making my own. It really is easy. My organic butcher shop sells stewing hens and duck carcasses, backs and necks, also feet if you are so inclined. I toss in some necks too. Just add some veggies and herbs and put it on the stove to slow simmer for 24-36 hours and you will have the best bone broth ever. I freeze it in mason jars and also use silicone molds for smaller quantities. Try it once and there's no turning back. I drink a mug of this everyday and haven't had a cold in years!