Updated: April 17, 2018
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5 Things About Miso You Need To Know

How much do you know about miso? Perhaps you know it's an ingredient you need when making a miso soup, but do you know what miso really is and how much it is beneficial to your health? If not, go through this post to get answers to your questions.

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1: What is Miso (味噌)...?

"Miso", (味噌) is a fermented soybean paste, which is used in many Japanese dishes to add thickness and deepness to the flavor. There are so many kinds of miso and each has their own characteristics. Miso can be categorized by its color, and its saltiness, as well as its main ingredient and whether or not it is mixed with some other ingredients.

Generally speaking, miso is made from a mixture of fermented soybeans, salt, and koji mold. Sometimes rice and barley are added in order to give some accent to its taste. It even takes few years until it becomes ready to be used as a seasoning. The process of making miso can be divided into two parts, the fermentation process, and the aging process.

Besides miso soup, miso can be used in many ways, simply adding some flavor to your daily cuisine, and sometimes pickling vegetables and fish slices!

2: Are there any different kinds of miso?

There are various different kinds of miso in Japan. The most major type of miso is "Akamiso" (red-miso), a long-term fermented miso. There is also a "Shiromiso" (white-miso), which is as popular as akamiso and has a gentle smooth taste.

By adding some rice, your miso can be "Komemiso", and a miso made with a mixture of barley or oat is called "Mugimiso".

3: Is Miso good for your health?

Miso is super healthy and even beneficial to make you look beautiful. There is an old saying in Japan "No need of a doctor with some miso". By fermenting soybeans, miso is rich in amino acid and also contains a lot of proteins, both of which are fundamental to stay healthy.

Some people even say that having miso can decrease the risk of having cancer. How incredible miso can be!

Probably some of you might be skeptical about these facts just because miso contains a lot of salt as one of its main ingredients. But don't worry about it. Compared to salt, miso contains 30% less salt, which means better use miso whenever you want some saltiness.

Japan is well-known for its long lifespan and miso may be one of the reasons.

4: What do you need when making a miso soup?

Basically, anything can be added to miso soup. The simplest ingredients are tofu, wakame seaweed, and some leeks. The most important things when you're making a bowl of miso soup is the dashi broth. Without it, your miso soup will probably end up tasting like salty hot water. Nowadays, some miso products already contain dashi.

5: What can I use Miso besides miso soup?

Maybe the heavy miso users are tired of making miso soup. Looking for some other delicious miso dishes? If so, miso salmon is the very thing you need to try next. They are super easy to make and incredibly good tasting. You just have to make a miso paste and marinate the salmon slice for few hours. For a more detailed recipe, check out the links below.
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