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Many years ago, when I worked in the City, I was slightly obsessed with sushi. Okay, let’s be honest, I still am, but it’s not so easy to get hold of in the wilds of Hampshire. I would eat sushi multiple times a week (if not more), always with a side of miso soup, and occasionally I’d mix things up with an udon noodle bowl. When I started working from home I missed those flavours so decided to create my own miso noodle bowl.
Miso, in Japanese, means “fermented beans,” in this case, soy beans. Not only does miso contain millions of beneficial bacteria, it’s rich in essential vitamins and minerals and is believed by the Japanese to stimulate digestion and energise the body.
You will need:
- 1.5 tbsp Miso Paste
- Meat, Fish or Tofu
Start by adding your miso paste to a bowl or large mug (my mug is 800ml). Add a little boiling water and mix well until there are no lumps.
Next add your noodles and veg. I use rice noodles that rehydrate in boiling water but you could use straight to wok noodles or other types – just prepare them before adding to your miso. I absolutely love seaweed so add in plenty of that. If you can’t find it at your local supermarket (try the world foods aisle) you can grab my favourite wakame here. Other things to try include spring onions, freeze-dried tofu, other seaweeds and even chillies. Top the bowl up (not quite to the top) with boiling water and leave to stand for a few minutes.
If you want to make the process even easier try a sachet or two of pre-packaged miso soup. (I like Hikari Enjuku Instant Miso with Tofu) Just mix up the miso with some water first, then add the dried ingredients in and top up the water.
Once you’re ready to eat mix up the noodles, seaweed and broth and add in some protein. My favourite is salmon and prawns (I’m a lazy cook and they go in the microwave while the noodles are softening) but you could also try chicken (cooked, of course) or tofu. The opportunities are endless.
Let me know in the comments if you’re a miso fan and what you’d put in a miso noodle bowl. If you give miso a try for the first time, let me know what you think.