味噌汁 Miso Soup by Mr. Tess


Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup based on dashi stock mixed with softened miso paste.
Good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, miso soup is a comfort food.

This post has lots of information about making dashi and about miso as an ingredient.

Mr. Tess often cooks, but rarely cooks Japanese foods. We, neither of us, were feeling great. I suggested miso soup with salmon (which was in the freezer—neither of us wanting to go to the store). So I gave him some instructions and had a nap while he produced a lovely meal.

Simmered Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

Simmered Shiitake MushroomsSeveral years ago, Mr. Tess and a friend decided to grow shiitake mushrooms. No, not with one of those kits you set up in your basement. They did lots of research (something like this pdf link), cut logs, drilled holes, innoculated them, and I don’t know what all. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. I still buy my shiitake at the grocery store. I bought a bag of dried shiitake the other day. They were not the finest donko shiitake, but they were affordable and looked nice. You can see their pretty caps patterned like a tortice shell.

Dried Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Dried Shiitake Mushroom SoupMs. Shimbo was inspired by Chinese mushroom soups to include this recipe in her book. Best quality dried shiitake mushrooms are soaked and then steamed in chicken stock for an hour. The mushrooms become juicy and chewy, adding a nice flavor to the soup. This soup is really delicious after being refrigerated for a day!