It was listed as Vegan Miso Soup. It was white with a mild-creamy consistency. It had (what looked like) seaweed leaves and tofu cubes in it.
My sister (Nee of On Story Street) and I dislike anything that tastes fishy. For both of us, seaweed has been a long-standing food on the “Yuk!” list. Since she was obviously liking this new-to-us-stuff, I put my trust in her taste and dipped up a small cupful.
I splashed a teaspoon of chives on top and took it to the table.
I’d never tasted anything like it. I can’t even describe it, other than delicious. I was hooked with the first spoonful and have been a miso fan since then.
In doing some research a la YouTube, I learned that miso soup is a Japanese comfort food. Its main ingredient is a broth made from a fermented soybean paste. Crazy Buffet serves white miso soup. There are several recipes and colors the paste can be made from. The soup’s ingredients (other than the paste) are often determined by what’s available during season.
I also learned the soup’s additional ingredients should be added to the heating soup and allowed to cook in the liquid until they reach a preferred consistency, and the miso paste added at the end, and only to warm soup, but not hot enough to be boiling. Too high of a heat kills the live culture in the soup and the live culture is a large part of what gives the soup both healthy and tasty qualities.
Ingredients can be whatever the cook wants to include. But, for me, the miso-broth is so good, I love it even without other ingredients. Problem is, I’m not in the city often and Crazy Buffet is a near 70-mile round trip from home.
We live in a tiny, country village. There are no traffic lights. No operating shops or gas stations. The little town of Poseyville is about two miles up the road, but the family-owned grocer and the Dollar General don’t keep miso paste in stock. If they did, it’d likely be expensive because of Poseyville being a small town, without fast-access to stock of that sort.
So, I went to Ebay.
I found some white Hikari Organic Miso Paste miso paste available from U.S.-based seller, dalahija-0.
It was listed at $12.60 USD for 17.6 ounces, with free delivery. I placed the order on a Friday and the paste arrived on a Monday. It was delivered right to our door in just four days, including a weekend.
Later that day, I warmed up some water in an electric kettle, not a microwave, and I only warmed the water rather than boiling it. This prevented killing the live culture in the paste, which is one of the aspects that make it a great tasting and healthy food. Then, I added the warmed water, some cooked brown rice and cilantro to a soup-cup. I stirred in a teaspoon-sized scoop of the paste and finished the prep by adding a splash of soy sauce.
I took a small sip and oh-my-goodness! Perfection!
We have to use so little of the paste, the carton will easily last our household for a couple of weeks, as long as we keep it covered and refrigerated, even if we make a few cups a day.
It's not a very heavy broth but still, it's quite filling even with no other ingredients. The options of what you can add to the mixture are huge, but even on it's own, it tastes wonderful.
When autumn arrives and the temp drops, I foresee needing to reorder more often.
If you’re an Ebay shopper, I encourage you to check out seller, dalahija-0’s products. They’ve had more than 100 buyers who’ve submitted positive feedback, and thus far, zero with negative feedback.
I’ve clicked to follow them on my own Ebay account, and plan to continue purchasing similar products from them.
That’s it for this one!
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