Miso: one of the staples of Japanese cuisine

28 Nov 2016 in Food Culture

Even if it takes origins in China, miso is clearly synonymous with Japanese gastronomy. Discover its recipe!

japanese-miso

When the conversation turns to Japanese cuisine, everyone can mention miso. It is not only an ingredient but also an essential seasoning in Japanese food. Miso comes from China, but the Japanese came up with their own recipe more than a thousand years ago.

A complex process

Miso in asiatic cuisine

The preparation of miso is a two-steps process. The first step is to make the koji: a parboiled rice with a culture of aspergillus oryzae, a fungus that facilitates the transformation of starch into sugar. Next step consists in cooking the soy beans: they should be steamed, crushed and then added to the koji, with salt and water. Put all ingredients  into a vat (or, more traditionally, in cedar casks) for fermentation, lasting anywhere from 15 days to four months, at a temperature of 25-30°.

Zen philosophy from Japan

Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone

An ever-present ingredient

Miso in Japanese gastronomy

Due to its manufacturing process, miso is rich in essential amino acids and B vitamins. It is a first-rate seasoning which can replace salt, or bring out the flavour of meals and vegetables. It is a key ingredient in “vinaigrette” and sauces, and is of course used in making the famous miso soup. The chef at Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone uses miso in a wonderful beef dish on a kaiseki menu: cubes of meat are seared in a cast-iron skillet, then coated in miso paste before being plunged into water. The vegetables are cooked in the resulting stock. The beef and vegetables are served with the yolk of an egg, and the creamy texture and delicate flavour… It’s a true revelation for your senses!

OTHER EXPERIENCES

Jingisukan

Jingisukan: Hokkaido’s grilled mutton dish

06 Jun 2018 in Food Culture

Ever tasted Japanese lamb? Discover a Hokkaido speciality named after a famous Mongol leader! Read more

japanese-hotpot

Japanese hotpots: the ultimate winter food

20 Dec 2017 in Food Culture

Warm yourself up this winter with a hearty Japanese hotpot! Discover the specialties region by region. Read more

autumn-food

Autumn appetite: top 4 seasonal foods

19 Oct 2018 in Food Culture

If you enjoy hearty eating, now is the time to visit Japan! Read more

OTHER EXPERIENCES

mush

A mushroom-themed stay in Karuizawa

19 Sep 2018 in Food Culture

It’s mushroom season in the mountains. Eat, drink and beautify your skin with their enriching nutrients! Read more

sake

Kazari-daru: the decorative sake barrel

02 Feb 2018 in Food Culture

Enter this month’s contest for your chance to win a superbly-decorated barrel of sake! Read more

rice-plant

Otaue Matsuri: the rice planting festival

23 Jun 2017 in Food Culture

With rice such an integral part of the Japanese diet, it’s no wonder rice planting is celebrated across the country. Discover the Otaue Matsuri festival experience! Read more

most popular articles