Big Miso Bowl

Big Miso Bowl

The flexibility and adaptability of this recipe (I hesitate to even call it that) means that the directions for making it are similarly flexible and adaptable. I can’t account for every variation on this that I’ve made over the last few months, nor can I predict what leftover container of this or almost-empty freezer bag of that you might have lurking in your fridge or freezer, but I can suggest general quantities and ideas of ingredients that I like to include. Just don’t make the mistake that I did one night of shaving some purple heirloom carrot into the broth with a vegetable peeler–that is, unless you like magenta soup.

Big Miso Bowl Serves 1 very generously


2 tbsp miso, any variety (I particularly like dashi miso, which has Japanese dashi seasoning already added, although it’s saltier than pure miso)
1/3 cup medium-firm tofu, cubed (or thawed frozen cooked shrimp, or shelled edamame, or leftover fish or seafood)
3 tbsp dried wakame, arame, or nori seaweed, roughly broken
4-5 fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms (the dried ones are significantly cheaper at my local health food store than any fresh I’ve found, and I never have to worry about them going bad; they also flavour the broth beautifully)
1 cup assorted raw vegetables, cut into bite sized pieces or thinly sliced (good options include red pepper, carrot, snow peas, beansprouts, bok choy, other mushrooms, water chestnuts, burdock root, green beans)
1/2 cup cooked soba noodles, udon noodles, or rinsed and drained shirataki noodles (which I love because they don’t require cooking), optional
A soft-boiled egg, cut in half, optional
Shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven-spice powder), gochujang, or chili-sesame oil to taste


Put the kettle on to boil and get out a big bowl–think a noodle bowl from a Japanese restaurant.

Plop your miso paste into the bottom of the bowl, and when the water from the kettle is hot (but not yet boiling), tip in enough that you can whisk the miso and water together to get out any lumps. Put the kettle back on to finish boiling.

Add all of the other ingredients, starting with the tofu, then the seaweed and dried mushrooms, then the vegetables and noodles.

When the kettle has come to a boil, pour over enough boiling water to barely submerge your vegetables, making sure that heavier ingredients are weighing down the dried mushrooms, which have a tendency to float but need to be submerged to rehydrate.

Let sit for five minutes, covered, so that the vegetables can heat through, the mushrooms and seaweed can rehydrate, and you can pour yourself a drink. Don’t leave it for too long, or you might have to reheat it in the micro, which I sometimes do if I get distracted. Stir gently so you don’t break up the tofu, set your egg on top, season with a sprinkle of shichimi, a blob of gochujang, or a squirt of chili oil, and dig in. I don’t often finish all of the broth, but I always hunt down the last bit of tofu or vegetable–a good habit here, but a bad one when it comes to Cherry Garcia…

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Eva Rosenberg

Eva Rosenberg

Welcome to Eva's Kitchen where I share my adventures in cooking. My creations may not always turn out Pinterest perfect, but I usually end up with a funny picture or an interesting meal. Thanks for stopping by!


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