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Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

I am making barbecued salmon for Sunday’s dinner. A traditional Japanese meal consists of a soup and three sides—the rice goes without saying—and this usually means miso soup. Miso soup can be as simple as dashi and miso, but frequently other ingredients are added to enrich this simple broth. Today, I am adding tofu—that I trimmed off my block of tofu for my salad—a few enoki mushrooms, and some wakami seaweed.

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

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Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Japanese cuisine tends to have few of the ingredients I needed to avoid. I decided I would make miso soup, sushi, and a selection of Japanese pickles—cabbage and mixed vegetables.

Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

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Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

Miso soup is perfect for a weekday meal. The soup broth itself is quick and easy to make, by itself it is simply dashi—a Japanese soup base—with some miso added for flavoring. After that, you may add pretty much anything you have available—a great way to use up any miscellaneous bits of vegetables that you have lying around. Today, I decided on shrimp, tofu, napa cabbage, green onion, and I happened to have some daikon sprouts and slivers of red jalapeño on hand.

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

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Karl’s Enoki Miso Soup

Several of the recipes I am making for this Sunday’s dinner called for dashi—a few tablespoons here and a cup there. If I’m going to make dashi, I might as well make a miso soup. However, since I am making a lot of dishes this meal, I wanted it to be a simple soup with only a few ingredients.

Karl’s Enoki Miso Soup

Karl’s Enoki Miso Soup

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Karl’s Miso Chicken Udon

Eilene has come down with another cold—I do not know what it has been about this year that we keep getting sick. Jan suggested that I make her chicken soup. A favorite of hers is chicken udon.

Karl’s Miso Chicken Udon

Karl’s Miso Chicken Udon

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Karl’s Miso Soup II

I am made a Japanese meal last Sunday. Chicken teriyaki skewers, rice balls, inari and various pickles. No Japanese meal would be complete without miso soup.

Karl’s Miso Soup II

Karl’s Miso Soup II

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Karl’s Weekday Miso Noodle Soup

I felt like soup today and Eilene always complains that when I make miso soup there is never enough for seconds (or thirds). Today I decided that I would make enough even for her.

Karl’s Weekday Miso Noodle Soup

Karl’s Weekday Miso Noodle Soup

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