Vegetable Miso Soup

Served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, miso soup is the cereal of Japan-but no additive sugar and much healthier!  Make the miso broth and you can add almost any kind of vegetable to satisfy your palate.  In the past I’ve squeeze lemon juice to kick the flavor, and the crunchy texture of lotus root was delicious.  Get creative!        
Yield: 4 people
*Some of the ingredients can be bought at a local Japanese store*

4 tbs miso paste
1 tsp granulated bonito broth
1″ dried seaweed
1 block of tofu (firm)
1 burdock stick
1 carrot stick
4 cups of water
1 spring onion 

1)  Cut 1″ square dried seaweed and drop it in 4 cups of water.  Let it sit for a couple of minutes or for up to a day, and watch the seaweed expand!

2)  Shave the burdock, cut the carrot into thin slices, and dice the tofu block (hold it in your hand and cut it the Japanese way!).

3)  Discard the seaweed and set the stove on medium-high.
4)  When the water boils, add the granulated bonito broth.
5)  Add burdock and carrot until they are cooked and soft.
6)  Mix miso paste in a net and throw out any clumps.

7)  Turn the heat off and add the tofu.
8)  Chop spring onion to sprinkle on top of miso soup.

Boomeringue

Arigatou for the spring afternoon, Boston!

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