I’m sharing a tip on how to make a delicious Japanese Miso soup that taste like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen preparing the flavorful recipe instead of less than two hours. What’s the secret?
It’s done by using shortcuts that don’t take away from the delicious taste, such as using these ingredients I listed below. Another part of the secret is using the programmable Instant Pot, known for its ability to reduce cooking by as much as 70 percent!
This recipe’s first important ingredient is miso. While many cooks prefer using just one type of miso in this recipe, I enjoy using two different styles. My favorite choices are white, red and sometimes brown.
3 Types of Miso
Miso is quite nutritious and healthy because it builds the immune system and improves digestion. It is usually made with soybeans, although some varieties use other grains like barley and rice.
The ingredients and length of fermentation affect the miso’s flavor and color. White miso’s mild and sweet taste makes it quite versatile. Red has a stronger, saltier flavor that adds a rich taste. It is healthier than the white version.
The caramel-colored brown miso is extremely versatile with its savory, sweet taste. I usually use brown for marinades and light soups. Red and white miso produce make a rich, delicious Ramen Noodle soup broth filled with umami flavor.
Umami is another word for savory, one of the five basic tastes. Salty, sweet, bitter, and sour are the other four tastes that wake up our taste buds and make recipes unforgettable! Umami usually describes meaty or brothy cooking.
Kombu or Dried Kelp
Dried kelp (kombu) is the next important ingredient. The little white marks on the surface are actually the real, natural form of MSG. That’s where the umami flavor comes from, therefore don’t wash it off as they add more flavor to the broth.
Soak the kelp the day before and use the water to make the broth. But since I was using my Instant Pot, I just submerged the Kombu while the broth is still hot for about 10 minutes and covered it with the lid. That should extract all the flavor from the kombu.
Dashi is the final important ingredient because of its smoky, strong fish flavor. The dashi broth is frequently made from dried kelp or dried, smoked bonito which has been shaved into thin flakes.
Less seasoning is required because of the umami flavor it provides the broth. If you prefer little or no fish taste, skip this step or add just a teaspoonful of instant dashi.
Now prepare the vegetables. Cut the leek lengthwise in half. Spread out the leaves and wash the front and back thoroughly. Cut the stalks into 1-inch pieces. Set aside. Next, peel the onion and cut off the stem and bottom.
Cut into quarters and set aside. Add oil to the pot and heat. Add the onion, leeks, and any other vegetables. Stir every few minutes for 7 minutes. Add mushrooms, washed fresh, stewing chicken pieces, and 3 quarts of water. Cook for 90 minutes in instant pot. After that, turn off the pot and submerge the kombu, cover for another 10 minutes to extract the flavor.
Use a colander to strain the broth into a glass or metal bowl. Set the cooked ingredients aside. Pour the broth into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and add 2 big tablespoons of white miso and 1 big tbsp of red miso. Lower the heat and mix well.
Peel and rinse a ramen egg. Cut it in half lengthwise.
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Put ramen noodles in a large, deep bowl. Add the broth and arrange the egg, vegetables, and other toppings. Enjoy your meal! I added my favorite Chasu Pork which is the Japanese version for Braised Pork.
This broth's version is hearty and ridiculously rich, full of umami flavor. It only takes less than 2 hours to prepare rather than 6 hours if you'll use the regular pot. * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The Fork Bite
Miso Ramen Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving Calories 342.44 kcal % Daily Value* Total Fat 14.28 g 22% Saturated Fat 3.87 g 19.4% Trans Fat 0.1 g Cholesterol 130.22 mg 43.4% Sodium 1807.72 mg 75.3% Total Carbohydrate 23.75 g 7.9% Dietary Fiber 3.47 g 13.9% Sugars 6.04 g Protein 32.06 g Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron
This broth's version is hearty and ridiculously rich, full of umami flavor. It only takes less than 2 hours to prepare rather than 6 hours if you'll use the regular pot.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Fork Bite