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Transform Asian kitchen staples into an umami-packed vegetarian soup

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By CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL

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Soups can take well less than an hour or hours to make, any experienced cook can tell you that.

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The headline says a vegetarian soup but the ingredients list chicken broth.

A good soup can be made in a Donabe in 45 minutes. Many of them use Dashi.

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They all use だし as it is a family of stocks. 出汁 forms the base for miso soup, clear broth soup and many simmering liquids to accentuate the savory flavor known as umami.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashi

Many of them use classic だし made from kelp and dried bonito flakes is what you mean.

Soups are best done in a terracotta pot. We get ours from Italy.

http://www.desilvaceramiche.com/en/

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I frequently use Dashi, miso, bonito, ginger, and kombu but not always. Last night I made a pumpkin soup without using any of those.

The recipe in the article only uses miso and ginger.

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The most simple dashi is made with water and salt.

I frequently use Dashi, miso, bonito, ginger, and kombu but not always

Indeed. Must U.K. supermarkets have those ingredients

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"One can not speak of the culture of the cuisine of Japan without mentioning Donabe, earthenware pots. Called the oldest pottery in the world, it has been produced from the Jomon period of Japan, over 10,000 years ago, until now, the 21st century."

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I like a bit of 煮干し in my 出汁. People not so familiar with Japan generally don't like it or even know what it is.

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I prefer to use one or two fish heads. They make a good fish broth.

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"One can not speak of the culture of the cuisine of Japan without mentioning Donabe, earthenware pots.

Sorry. I respect fully disagree one cannot speak of the culture of Japanese cuisine without mentioning 道元禅師 who played a significant role in shaping what we now know as Japanese cuisine.

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Miso soup is the most popular eaten by tens of millions every day.

"The Origin & History of Miso — Miso Tasty

It was originally a prized delicacy, only enjoyed by nobility because it contained rice – a luxury in its day. However, as word of its energy-giving properties spread, Samurai adopted miso as a staple part of their diet."

https://misotasty.com/blog/the-origin-history-of-miso#:~:text=It%20was%20originally%20a%20prized,staple%20part%20of%20their%20diet.

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Sorry. I respect fully disagree one cannot speak of the culture of Japanese cuisine without mentioning 道元禅師 who played a significant role in shaping what we now know as Japanese cuisine.

I echo your views on 道元禅師.

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It was originally a prized delicacy, only enjoyed by nobility because it contained rice

Indeed? 'It' being being miso? Miso contains rice? I think you are trying too hard.

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Taco Soup,black beans,corn,taco season,ground meat, Serrano peppers,with cheese or sour cream and tortilla chips and salsa

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I like a nice herbal soup that's been bubbling away in a 砂鍋. Big fan of 蓮藕, 杞子 and 淮山 in particular. Some great childhood memories of souperior cooking.

Back to the actual article, the soup up there sounds pretty good too. I'd probably turn up the heat a bit for personal preference as I did enjoy me a good peppery hot and sour soup back in the day.

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Not pour moi Monsieur. Give me a good meaty soup or at least homemade pea and ham, yummy.

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The country consumes 50 billion bowls of Miso soup every year.

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Miso contains rice?

I didn’t know either but, according to Wiki, the main ingredients of white miso (which seems to be what the recipe above uses) are rice, barley, and a small quantity of soybeans.

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Expensive miso is made from rice but cheaper brands are less so with more barley and soy beans.

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We make our own miso. We get our 米こうじ from Okayama. Our miso sells very well.

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Elvis is here

We make our own miso.

How long do you ferment it?

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LOL. You tell me.!.

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