First, put dashi kombu seaweed and bonito flakes into 400ml water (1.69 cups) and then turn on the burner.
Now, we will introduce the ingredients for today’s miso soup. Spring onion leaves, rehydrated wakame seaweed, aburaage (thin deep-fried tofu), tofu and miso.
When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and remove the foam. This white foam is called aku in Japanese.
Simmer on low heat for about 3 minutes. This way of making dashi stock allows you to get thick dashi easily. Some people might say it won’t be a pure taste, but we think the miso will cover any unwanted flavor.
Then, turn off the burner.
Strain the dashi stock.
Squeeze the remaining bonito flakes with a ladle. Some bonito flakes may be in the dashi stock but since this is miso soup, don’t worry about them.
Now, the dashi stock is done.
And now, let’s make the miso soup with this dashi stock. Pour in the dashi. Turn the heat to high.
When you heat the dashi, put this aburaage together since its fat will enrich the flavor of the stock. This is the reason that miso soup with atsuage (thick deep-fried tofu) or aburaage becomes more delicious than vegetable only ones.
When it begins to a boil, put in the tofu.
Then, drop in the rehydrated wakame seaweed.
Next, put the miso into a ladle and place it into the pot. Ladle the dashi stock a little and dissolve the miso in the ladle. This will help dissolve the miso completely.
Now, the miso is completely dissolved. Finally, add the spring onion leaves.
Pour it into a bowl. Now, the miso soup is ready to serve.
You can also use komatsuna spinach instead of the spring onion. Put the stalks in the pot first, cook them a little, then add the leaves. When the leaves become slightly darker in color, turn off the heat.
Regular spinach may have a slightly bitter taste. If you use spinach, we recommend parboiling it before adding it to the miso soup.
If there is too much oil on the aburaage, thin deep-fried tofu, remove it with a paper towel before use.
Miso soup with nameko mushrooms is also popular in Japan.
You might also enjoy our Hearty Miso Soup recipe.