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The Most Essential Part of Japanese Meal, Miso Soup

In a Japanese traditional meal, miso soup is an incredibly essential part of the meal. Why is that? What is it made of anyway?

Miso soup consists of a dashi (traditional Japanese fish) stock mixed with a softened miso paste. In addition, there are many optional ingredients, like vegetables, tofu, abura-age, and many others. The additional ingredients may depend heavily on regional and seasonal recipes, and of course personal preference affects each individual soup bowl.

The soup’s existence can be traced back to the Asuka period, in which miso was first made when China introduced to Japan a food called hishio, which was something made of soybeans and salt. Later, the Japanese made hishio into a paste and miso was born. But miso wasn’t used for soup yet, rather at the time it was eaten like a popsicle. During the Kamakura period and the age of Japanese civil wars, miso soup was used by military commanders as field ration, thus giving birth to the custom of serving miso soup with everyday meals.

The proper way to eat miso soup is quite different from western soups! It does not require a spoon. The miso soup is placed in a small bowl that looks very much like a cup. Instead of using a spoon, you just bring the bowl close to your mouth and drink it like that.

Besides having an incredible history, it is also rich in several nutrients, a good amount of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds. The fermentation process of the miso is also said to make it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients it contains, while promoting the growth of probiotics. Probiotics are a beneficial bacteria that provides a wide array of health benefits.

Because miso’s fermentation helps improve the body’s ability to digest and absorb foods, it is highly encouraged that you eat the miso soup in the beginning of the meal, and not the end or middle.

You can try Sakae Sushi miso soup to lighten up your day at only $2.60! Miso soup is also included in our Mentai Bowl set. Or, you can get it for free if you order Sakae Tendon. Order now at our delivery website, here.

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