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Everything You Need To Know About Miso

Looking to learn more about Japanese cuisine? Or simply extend your miso range? Welcome to your complete guide of everything you need to know about Miso. 

First of all, what is Miso?

In its most basic state, miso is a fermented paste that's made from a mixture of soybeans with a mold called koji. Miso is a crucial ingredient in Japanese cuisine, although most people know about it as the main ingredient of miso soup, which is eaten daily by the Japanese population. Typically, in Japan people have a bowl of miso for breakfast with a portion of rice and pickles, for its numerous health benefits. 

Its rich Unami flavour has become a very popular trend today, as it is known to deepen the flavour of meals and is one of the core fifth tastes including sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. 

Health benefits of Miso

Thanks to its fermentation process, it's a great source of copper and numerous nutrients and good bacteria that help with digestion. Miso is also low-calorie yet it’s known to be an excellent source of protein, making it a perfect meat supplement for vegans and vegetarians. 

Know your miso

In order to distinguish what kind of miso is right for you, you first need to know that the longer the fermentation process, the more concentrated the taste and the higher the salt content.

    • White Miso or Shiro Miso - It has a milder, more delicate flavour great for light dressing and soups.
    • Barley Miso or Mugi Miso - It has a strong barley aroma, but is still mild.
    • Yellow Miso or Shinshu Miso - Also a mild type that's fermented slightly longer than white miso, used for glazes.
    • Red Miso or Aka Miso - fermented for up to three years which is why it has a deeper saltier flavour. If a recipe asks for a dark miso, you'll want to use Red miso.

How to Store:

Lighter varieties can last up to 9 months in a refrigerated in a sealed container whereas darker ones can last longer, even up to a year! 

If you'd like to try miso, some of our products like the crispy chicken & negi sauce includes a side of miso soup. Or you can create your own recipe by using our delicious yuzu miso marinade packets, which pair perfectly with all types of meats, particularly chicken, lamb or beef. Click here to discover what's currently available in our menu.