Vegan Miso Soba Noodle Soup Recipe
A warm bowl of noodle soup is just the thing to chase away winter chills. We've partnered with Madeline Lu, founder of Madeline Lu, to create this vegan miso soba noodle soup.
Today's recipe is about noodles! Noodles play an important role in Asian culture and their consumption varies by region. While egg and white wheat noodles are popular in China, Japan is a big fan of soba and udon noodles. You might find plenty of dishes with wide thin rice noodles in Thailand, but in its neighboring country, Vietnam, people like to cook with thin rice vermicelli.
Today, I am going to show you how to make a vegan miso soba noodle soup. Nothing gives me more comfort in these cold winter days than a bowl a warm noodle soup. High in protein and antioxidants, this vegan miso soup recipe includes many healthy ingredients that help us to strengthen our immune systems.
First, we will start off the dish by sautéing my favorite combination of flavors, garlic, ginger and spring onions. Each of these herbs not only add flavors to the dishes and soups, but more importantly, all of them are packed with nutrients. When using all these herbs together, they have a synergistic effect that can't be achieved individually.
Secondly, the noodle we use in the soup is the Japanese soba noodle. Soba, made with buckwheat, has a delicate texture and a rich, nutty flavor. Buckwheat has no gluten and is high in nutrients, which makes it a healthy choice. When buying soba noodles, make sure you check out the percentage of the buckwheat flour in the noodle (recommended amount is minimum 30%). The higher the percentage of buckwheat, the higher the price is, however.
Thirdly, shiitake mushrooms are high in B vitamins, and they serve as a food source of vitamin D. It is also a great source of vegetable-based protein, dietary fiber, iron and vitamin C.
Finally, miso paste, or Shiro miso, is a sweet and mellow white miso. It is fermented for a shorter period of time, lower in salt and has a milder and more delicate flavor than the darker varieties. It is perfect in soups, salad dressings, and light sauces.
Packed with all these nutrients and flavors, this bowl is the ultimate winter comfort dish. You have to try it!
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