As a super rainy day winds down I am feeling pretty good! I got a bunch of school stuff done today and got a new umbrella. Pretty productive day. I can feel the weather changing though, day light savings is the first step! We also were able to get out for our first hike of the year, at least until the snow forced us to turn back. I’m looking forward to finishing that hike in a month or two when the white stuff has completely melted. The mountain air felt so good, my brain was slightly loose for the rest of the day! In a good way.
I’ve been thinking about making a hearty version of miso soup for awhile now and today seemed as good a day as any. It also borrows a bit from the Japanese dish Agedashi Tofu which I am a huge fan of. If you haven’t tried it/heard of it, check it out here. It’s delicious addition to a night out with veggie sushi! I am a big fan of Japanese food and flavours. I especially love their food presentation.
I’ve had a half pack of soba (buckwheat) noodles in the cupboard for awhile now and I’ve been meaning to use them up. I had miso paste and tofu in the fridge so I decided to start cooking! Here’s the result:
Hearty Miso Mushroom Soup with Soba Noodles and 5 Spice Tofu
Yield: 4 big servings or six smaller
For the Soup
4 garlic cloves minced
10 button mushrooms, diced
1 med. onion diced
4-6 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
1 t sesame oil
5 c. water
100 g soba noodle (dried)
hot sauce (optional, to taste)
1/4 c. miso paste
1 t soy sauce
For the tofu
1 lb firm tofu cut into 25-30 cubes
1/4 fine bread crumbs
1 t ground cumin
1 t chili flakes
1 t 5 spice powder
salt and papper to taste
1/3 c. canola oil
-saute the mushrooms, onion and garlic for 5-10 minutes in the sesame oil
-add water, miso paste and soy (hot sauce)
-bring to a boil and add noodles , cook 6-7 minutes (you could cook the noodles first as they do get a bit gluey, the soup will reduce quickly if you let it boil too long)
-meanwhile heat the canola in heavy bottomed wide pan
-combine the spices and bread crumbs and toss with the tofu until they are coated
-shallow fry the tofu 6-8 cubes at a time (you can keep them hot in a low oven on a tray if needed)
=get out 4-6 bowls and place a handful of spinach in each, add 2-3 ladles of soup over the spinach and top with 5-6 crispy tofu cubes!
-top with sesame seeds if desired
This soup is very quick so you get the fun of a homemade soup with out being glued to the stove for 2-3 hours. Soba noodles are not only tasty, they are also good for you and are full of amino acids, antioxidants and some protein too, of course the tofu int his recipe also contains protein! You could also add the spinach directly to the soup 2-3 minutes before serving. This recipe is vegan also! Enjoy.