Monday, April 29, 2013

Japanese Miso Soup Along with Pictures from Trip to Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Miso Soup
1 bunch of Organic Green Onions
1/2 Package of Firm Organic Tofu, diced in small cubes
3 cups Organic Vegetable Broth
1 Package of Organic Soba Noodles
1/2 cup Organic kale
1 sheet of Toasted Seaweed
1 tbsp. miso paste

In a medium pot I heat 2 cup of water.  Once the water starts to boil I add in the Soba noodles, with NO salt or oil.   These Noodles cook in 4 minutes so one cook, you drain and rinse.  In the Cookbook, they recommend rinsing and then placing in cold water.  Set aside.
In my large Ozeri Wok, I add in Vegetable broth, tofu, kale, green onions, and seaweed and bring to a boil.  Once soup is at a boil I then turn the heat to low and add in the miso paste.  You do not want to boil the miso in the soup because it will not taste as good.  Then drain the noodles and add into the soup.  The kids loved it, and we added a little Braggs Liquid Aminos for our soy sauce. 

Benefits of Cooked Kale
Because this meal has kale and seaweed there are a lot of great minerals in the broth.
Cooked Kale is low in Cholesterol, good source of Protein, Vitamin E, A, C, K, and B6, Calcium, Potassium, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, good source of Dietary Fiber.
Benefits of Roasted Seaweed
Roasted Seaweed nutritional benefits include Vitamin B6, B12, Iodine, and also fiber.  B6 in both the kale and seaweed can boost bran function and concentration, while helping to balance hormones and anxiety.  Iodine helps your thyroid function correctly.  This is something we miss in most traditional meals, and using table salt is not a good substitute for iodine.  If you are not a big fan of sushi, try sneaking it in to dishes like this, and stews.  This can be a substitute for taste salt in almost any cooked dish.  Sometime, I like to pick up a seaweed crushed seasoning, that I add over dishes to boost its nutrition without all the seaweed taste.  You can always reduce the amount and add as you go.  The B12 found in the Kale and Seaweed helps to form red blood cells and boost immunes system. 

When my husband travels he always brings me home a new cook book.  I love exploring the dishes and traditions of other cultures.  In Japan, the main staple is Seafood.  My husband has a very adventurous spirit and loves to try what some may say are daring dishes.  He enjoyed raw squids, frozen raw horse meat, traditional Ramón, shrimp, sea vegetables of many verity, dried fish, cooked whole fishes, and rice's. 

Would you like to see more Japanese Dishes? 

These where not made by me, these were from my husband's travels.  I will be hoping to work on some of these soon.  The trick is getting the freshest seafood, which is difficult in Arizona. 

This is a couple different raw fish mixed with onions and other herbs.

This was a group dinner of sushi a verity of sushi.  My husband said that the squids were very sweet and especially delicious.

This one just one of the sides they enjoyed along with the whole fish below, raw clams.  Presentation is an art of Japanese cooking.  This is something I am working work.

This is was a normal breakfast choice with fish, miso soup, seaweed vegetables, rice, egg, and bacon. 

Whole fish.  It's pretty interesting how they gut the fish before cooking it.  In the cookbook above, they show me how to use chopsticks to stick down the mouth and twist over and over until the gills and guts are detached and then you pull them out.  It's pretty interesting and I hope to try this with trout this summer on our fishing trip. 

By far the best cup of Ramón noodle my husband said he has ever had.  The cookbook has a recipe to make as well and I hope the kids are open to try the authentic version. 

Boiled Shrimp.  While this looks pretty easy to make it's the sauces that come with each dish that make the dishes so amazing. 

While in Japan the Cherry Blossoms where amazing, beautiful, and everywhere.

These where taken at the Imperial Palace, Japan!  What a great adventure to get to experience all these amazing taste and to see such wonderful sites! 

What would you like me to make in the next few weeks?


  1. I am not adventurous enough to try all those foods! Wow!! Those cherry blossom trees are so pretty!

  2. We've been wanting to take the kids to eat sushi but haven't yet. It's always such a pretty dish! These look really tasty! I've never been to Japan but would love to visit someday!

  3. I love asian foods! I am willing to try everything once as long as it isn't still alive so to speak lol

  4. That looks awesome! My DS7 loves sushi! Whenever he gets to choose a special dinner (i.e. bday or first day of school) that is what he wants every time! Its so cute!

  5. The soup looks yummy, and the trip photos are beautiful!! Sounds like you had a very fulfilling trip!

  6. I love all that stuff besides Tofu not a fan but then again I only had it twice and it can be prepared in a ton of ways so who knows :)

  7. Your Miso looks delicious, it's so easy and tasty- thanks for the reminder!

  8. Wow that would have been so much fun to try all of those!

  9. We LOVE Japanese food!! Even our young kids!!! YUM! Our fave!

  10. I am too scared to try that kind of food :/

  11. I need to make more Japanese dishes. My husband lived in Japan for 3 years and he really misses it. The cherry blossoms especially!

  12. I could only dream of being that adventurous. When it comes to trying certain kinds of food, I guess you could say I'm sort of a stick in the mud... TY for sharing though :D