Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup that is quite often served as a starter in Japanese restaurants. Miso soup is one of the simplest Japanese foods to prepare which is also very high in nutrients. The “Dashi Broth,” which is the embodiment of UMAMI, is an important ingredient that must be prepared carefully.


Here’s a delicious recipe from our official supporter Kummy, the vegan version of Dashi Broth made with Kombu Kelp and Shiitake Mushrooms, but you can also use granulated Dashi Broth if it’s available. It is very simple and easy.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

800ml Dashi broth (recipe below)

4 tbsp Miso

1 Spring onion (thinly slice diagonally)

2 Potato (cut into little cubes)

1 Deep fried bean curd – Abura-age (thinly slice)


Dashi Broth:

4 cups water (approx. 1,000ml)

1 piece dried kelp (kombu kelp) – about 10g or 10cm x 10cm

3 dried shiitake mushrooms

All you need to do is to put the dried kelp, shiitake mushrooms and water in a large bottle, let them steep for 2-3 hours or more (maximum overnight in the fridge) – and it will be ready to use.


Other popular ingredients for miso soup – Tofu, onion, daikon radish, shiitake mushroom, carrot, potato, sweet potato, turnip, boiled spinach, seaweed (wakame) etc.

The recipe’s steps are listed below:

  1. Add the Dashi Broth to a pot and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the spring onion, potato, deep fried bean curd and cover it. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Place miso in a small bowl and top with hot soup from the pot. Swirl the paste with chopsticks until it is completely dissolved in the soup. Restore the miso paste to the pot, mix well, and remove from the heat once it begins to simmer (do not overcook once you put the miso as it will lose its flavour).
  4. Serve and enjoy your delicious soup.

For your convenience, here is a video of Miso Soup.

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You can also check other Japanese Recipes.