I was torn in between choosing the Japanese or the Korean miso paste. The latter deemed to be more economical. The Korean miso comes in a tube of 400g vs. the Japanese miso, in plastic packet with 250g. Paying the same price, it will be no brainer to opt for the Korean miso. Being the only stock left on shelf and with shorter expiry date, I ended up buying the Japanese Shinshu Shiro Miso.
Honestly, I did not have high expectation with Shinshu Shiro Miso as I felt I had paid a premium price for it. That is the typical thought of a consumer. The Shinshu Shiro Miso did not disappoint me at all as it is indeed higher in quality and definitely worth the value. The paste are compact and fine, with very pleasant fermented bean paste aroma. It dissolve easily and form a great miso taste to the soup which comparable to Japanese restaurants standard.
Sharing in the post is the miso soba I made with Shinshu Shiro Miso paste.
1 tbsp miso paste
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 chicken cube
1. Cook the soba in boiling water, follow the time prescribed on the noodle package.
2. Drained the soba and transfer them into cold water.
3. Using your hand to wash off the excess starch and set the soba aside for later use.
4. Heat up 400ml water in a pot and add in 1/2 of the chicken cube.
(Alternatively, you can use homemade chicken broth or dashi stock)
5. Using a strainer and a spoon, slowly dissolve the miso paste in the chicken soup.
6. Mix sesame oil, sugar and soy sauce in the serving bowl and pour in the miso soup
7. Add in the soba noodles and soft-boiled egg
8. Garnish the miso soba noodles with seaweed, chopped scallions and sesame seeds.
The miso soba tasted insanely good with all the garnishing ingredients. It is definitely a MUST to have all them in. Not to forget the magical sesame oil too as it really does a wonder to the soup with merely a few drops.
I love the creamy egg yolk of my soft-boiled egg. What a satisfying meal in the rainy and cold boxing day.