Japanese Veggie Miso Soup

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Miso is a tasty soybean paste with a deep, savory taste. This ancient superfood from Japan is famed for its unique flavors and rich nutrition. It is great as a nutritious soup snack, a broth for noodles, or as a flavorsome marinade and dressing. With so many different types and textures of miso, it holds endless possibilities for making tasty dishes.

Miso is made from fermenting soy beans, rice koji, salt, and usually a grain such as rice or barley, together. The fermentation process can be anything from a few weeks or as long as three years depending on the flavor desired. While the ingredients are simple, the making of miso is far from simple. It can take a lifetime for a maker of miso to learn the delicate craft of miso making. Originating from China, miso was introduced to Japan 1,300 years ago by Buddhist priests. It was originally a prized delicacy, only enjoyed by nobility because it contained rice – a luxury in its day. Vegetables miso soup Ingredients

  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. diced wakame seaweed or other seaweed
  • 1 package silken (soft) tofu, cubed
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp miso
  • 2 scallions (green onions), sliced
  1. In a large pot, sautee the tomatoes, leek and mushroom for 1-3 minutes just to give them a head start.
  2. Add the vegetable broth and seaweed and bring to a slow simmer. Add the tofu, the soy sauce (or the gluten-free tamari or Nama Shoyu if you’re doing the gluten-free version), and the miso and scallions and reduce the heat to low.
  3. Stir well to dissolve and mix the miso.
  4. Allow to cook for at least 8 more minutes over low heat.


  • Savory: Pleasant to the taste sense.
  • Delicacy: A luxurious or rare food.
  • Sautee: Fry food in a small amount of fat.
  • Simmer: To stew gently below or just at the boiling point


To increase your vocabulary take a look into other recipes either in web pages or in YouTube. In that way you will also improve your listening abilities.


  • What other Japanese dishes do you know and like?

Session 3

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Ms. Paulina López Ayala & Ms. Aleen Luna from Polanco Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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  1. Great article! I´m actually a very big fan of miso soup. I was suprised to read that it actually originated in China. I assumed it was created in Japan, but now I know! Thanks for sharing.

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