l miso is a condiment of Japanese origin ideal for flavoring broths, soups and soups instead of the classic stock cube.
Miso is made by fermenting a selection of soybeans, rice, barley and wheat together to create a thick, textured paste. While all miso contains some or all of these key ingredients, the differences in the combinations, proportions and quality of the ingredients ensure that no miso paste is exactly the same.
White miso ( Shiro Miso )
White miso is made from soybeans and a high percentage of rice which is fermented to create a light and slightly sweet taste. The smooth flavor of white miso makes it a popular choice in Japan, perfect for soups, dressings and seafood marinades.
Red miso ( Aka miso )
Red miso is made from soybeans, barley and other grains with a long fermentation process to create a mature, umami-rich flavor. The intense, salty flavor of red miso makes it a great choice for soups and hearty marinades of meat and poultry.
Awase miso is generally a mix of white and red miso which makes it a versatile ingredient, suitable for all types of Japanese cuisine.
Barley miso is made from soybeans and a high percentage of barley which is fermented to create a thick and healthy taste. Popular in southern areas of Japan, the rich barley miso flavor is ideal for traditional soups or as a topping for vegetables.
Some varieties of miso paste, white, red or awase, have added dashi broth. This type of miso is usually the easiest way to make authentic miso soup as you don't need to add any more dashi broth. Just mix a tablespoon of miso paste with hot water, add some chopped onion and tofu cubes and it's ready to eat.
Why should you consume miso? Well, first of all ... miso is delicious! It has a rich taste that is rather difficult to describe, but it can be called salty, tangy, slightly sweet, earthy, soy and has sometimes been called "the taste of mom's cooking".
In addition to great taste, miso is also very healthy and has a variety of nutritional benefits. It is rich in fiber, protein and minerals, as well as vitamins K and B12 which make it great for the immune system and digestive tract.
Miso is really one of those so called super foods, but make sure you are careful when cooking it. Since miso is a live food like yogurt, any of the beneficial bacteria are killed when you boil it.