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  1. #1
    Phred Guest

    Default Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    G'day mates,

    The local IGA supermarket is flogging 400 g (approx. 400 ml) cans of
    both Red and White Miso Soups with Tofu at 29c per can. (Seems no one
    in this town likes the stuff much. :-)

    I'm totally unfamiliar with the stuff, but at 29c/can I can't help
    wondering if it can be put to any edible use. Perhaps as a stock for
    cooking something? Or as a base to which things can be added to make
    a decent brew?

    I did ask a local gourmand about the stuff, but he just said that he
    couldn't stand it (though it seems his partner occasionally drinks it
    for breakfast -- I think that's one of the ways the Nips use it too).

    Anyway, if anyone here has a bright idea about what it could be used
    for to end up with something palatable as well as edible, then please
    share it with the rest of us. TIA.

    [It's "Pandaroo" brand from Thailand, if that has any relevance.]

    Cheers, Phred.

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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    Phred wrote on Tue, 27 Oct 2009 10:54:48 GMT:

    > The local IGA supermarket is flogging 400 g (approx. 400 ml)
    > cans of both Red and White Miso Soups with Tofu at 29c per
    > can. (Seems no one in this town likes the stuff much. :-)


    > I'm totally unfamiliar with the stuff, but at 29c/can I can't
    > help wondering if it can be put to any edible use. Perhaps as
    > a stock for cooking something? Or as a base to which things
    > can be added to make a decent brew?


    > I did ask a local gourmand about the stuff, but he just said
    > that he couldn't stand it (though it seems his partner
    > occasionally drinks it for breakfast -- I think that's one of
    > the ways the Nips use it too).


    > Anyway, if anyone here has a bright idea about what it could
    > be used for to end up with something palatable as well as
    > edible, then please share it with the rest of us. TIA.


    > [It's "Pandaroo" brand from Thailand, if that has any
    > relevance.]


    Miso soup is remarkably cheap and quick to make using Hon-Dashi dried
    stock and any Miso (it keeps for a long time). It hardly seems
    worthwhile buying it ready made. If you have some tofu around you can
    put in some little cubes but I've never seen much reason for it except
    appearance. Judging by Japanese restaurants, the amount of tofu used can
    hardly contribute much to protein intake.


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    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    aem Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    On Oct 27, 2:54 am, ppnerkDELETET...@yahoo.com (Phred) wrote:
    >
    > The local IGA supermarket is flogging 400 g (approx. 400 ml) cans of
    > both Red and White Miso Soups with Tofu at 29c per can. (Seems no one
    > in this town likes the stuff much. :-)
    >
    > I'm totally unfamiliar with the stuff, but at 29c/can I can't help
    > wondering if it can be put to any edible use. Perhaps as a stock for
    > cooking something? Or as a base to which things can be added to make
    > a decent brew? [snip]


    Millions of people, including me, like it as a soup, a small bowl to
    begin a meal. Why not give it a try that way? (I think the white is
    more popular than the red.) If you like it, 29c sounds like a good
    pantry stocking price. Here in the U.S. miso soup for the pantry is
    usually a dehydrated mix with a piece of seaweed and a sprinkle of
    tofu cubes added.

    For cooking purposes, miso paste is usually used. I don't know how
    (or why) you'd use the soup. -aem



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    TammyM Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    Phred wrote:
    > G'day mates,
    >
    > The local IGA supermarket is flogging 400 g (approx. 400 ml) cans of
    > both Red and White Miso Soups with Tofu at 29c per can. (Seems no one
    > in this town likes the stuff much. :-)
    >
    > I'm totally unfamiliar with the stuff, but at 29c/can I can't help
    > wondering if it can be put to any edible use. Perhaps as a stock for
    > cooking something? Or as a base to which things can be added to make
    > a decent brew?
    >
    > I did ask a local gourmand about the stuff, but he just said that he
    > couldn't stand it (though it seems his partner occasionally drinks it
    > for breakfast -- I think that's one of the ways the Nips use it too).
    >
    > Anyway, if anyone here has a bright idea about what it could be used
    > for to end up with something palatable as well as edible, then please
    > share it with the rest of us. TIA.
    >
    > [It's "Pandaroo" brand from Thailand, if that has any relevance.]


    Huh. Canned miso. <grimace> Doesn't sound real appealing. How 'bout
    just miso paste (I like the brown or white, but that's just me) in hot
    water, perhaps with some dashi, and some tofu? Or just the miso alone,
    I enjoy that quite often m'self. And the plain miso will be far more
    economical and have far less extraneous scheisse in it than canned, I'd
    wager.

    TammyM

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    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    On Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:10:09 -0700 (PDT), aem wrote:

    > On Oct 27, 2:54 am, ppnerkDELETET...@yahoo.com (Phred) wrote:
    >>
    >> The local IGA supermarket is flogging 400 g (approx. 400 ml) cans of
    >> both Red and White Miso Soups with Tofu at 29c per can. (Seems no one
    >> in this town likes the stuff much. :-)
    >>
    >> I'm totally unfamiliar with the stuff, but at 29c/can I can't help
    >> wondering if it can be put to any edible use. Perhaps as a stock for
    >> cooking something? Or as a base to which things can be added to make
    >> a decent brew? [snip]

    >
    > Millions of people, including me, like it as a soup, a small bowl to
    > begin a meal. Why not give it a try that way? (I think the white is
    > more popular than the red.) If you like it, 29c sounds like a good
    > pantry stocking price. Here in the U.S. miso soup for the pantry is
    > usually a dehydrated mix with a piece of seaweed and a sprinkle of
    > tofu cubes added.
    >
    > For cooking purposes, miso paste is usually used. I don't know how
    > (or why) you'd use the soup. -aem


    is it just me, or is miso paste a *lot* more expensive than it used to be?
    (i'm not speaking of inflation - i mean going from 'my god, that's cheap'
    to 'my god, that's expensive.')

    your pal,
    blake

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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    blake wrote on Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:32:13 -0400:

    >> On Oct 27, 2:54 am, ppnerkDELETET...@yahoo.com (Phred) wrote:
    >>>
    >>> The local IGA supermarket is flogging 400 g (approx. 400 ml)
    >>> cans of both Red and White Miso Soups with Tofu at 29c per
    >>> can. (Seems no one in this town likes the stuff much. :-)
    >>>
    >>> I'm totally unfamiliar with the stuff, but at 29c/can I
    >>> can't help wondering if it can be put to any edible use.
    >>> Perhaps as a stock for cooking something? Or as a base to
    >>> which things can be added to make a decent brew? [snip]

    >>
    >> Millions of people, including me, like it as a soup, a small
    >> bowl to begin a meal. Why not give it a try that way? (I
    >> think the white is more popular than the red.) If you like
    >> it, 29c sounds like a good pantry stocking price. Here in
    >> the U.S. miso soup for the pantry is usually a dehydrated mix
    >> with a piece of seaweed and a sprinkle of tofu cubes added.
    >>
    >> For cooking purposes, miso paste is usually used. I don't
    >> know how (or why) you'd use the soup. -aem


    > is it just me, or is miso paste a *lot* more expensive than it
    > used to be? (i'm not speaking of inflation - i mean going from
    > 'my god, that's cheap' to 'my god, that's expensive.')


    Would you like to provide a few figures? I think the pound (approx.)
    jars have gone from three to five bucks in the time I've been buying at
    the Kim Sam supermarket.

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    On Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:32:13 -0400, blake murphy
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >is it just me, or is miso paste a *lot* more expensive than it used to be?
    >(i'm not speaking of inflation - i mean going from 'my god, that's cheap'
    >to 'my god, that's expensive.')


    I don't buy it, but given the current sushi craze I wouldn't be
    surprised.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    cshenk Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    "sf" wrote

    > I don't buy it, but given the current sushi craze I wouldn't be
    > surprised.


    Smile, miso isnt used in sushi. It probably has more to do with the dollar
    to yen ratio.


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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    On Thu, 29 Oct 2009 16:34:04 -0400, "cshenk" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >"sf" wrote
    >
    >> I don't buy it, but given the current sushi craze I wouldn't be
    >> surprised.

    >
    >Smile, miso isnt used in sushi. It probably has more to do with the dollar
    >to yen ratio.


    No, but it's served in sushi (Japanese) restaurants as part of the
    meal and a LOT of people make it at home now because it's basically
    add water, heat and eat.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    Arri London Guest

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    blake murphy wrote:
    >

    <snip>

    >
    > is it just me, or is miso paste a *lot* more expensive than it used to be?
    > (i'm not speaking of inflation - i mean going from 'my god, that's cheap'
    > to 'my god, that's expensive.')
    >
    > your pal,
    > blake


    Doesn't seem expensive where we buy it. The white/yellow miso from Japan
    runs about 4.00--5.00 per 1 lb pack. We keep it in the freezer cos we
    don't use it more than once a week or so.

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    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Red/White Miso Soup with Tofu -- any good or any use?

    On Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:41:22 -0400, James Silverton wrote:

    > blake wrote on Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:32:13 -0400:
    >
    >>> On Oct 27, 2:54 am, ppnerkDELETET...@yahoo.com (Phred) wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> The local IGA supermarket is flogging 400 g (approx. 400 ml)
    >>>> cans of both Red and White Miso Soups with Tofu at 29c per
    >>>> can. (Seems no one in this town likes the stuff much. :-)
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm totally unfamiliar with the stuff, but at 29c/can I
    >>>> can't help wondering if it can be put to any edible use.
    >>>> Perhaps as a stock for cooking something? Or as a base to
    >>>> which things can be added to make a decent brew? [snip]
    >>>
    >>> Millions of people, including me, like it as a soup, a small
    >>> bowl to begin a meal. Why not give it a try that way? (I
    >>> think the white is more popular than the red.) If you like
    >>> it, 29c sounds like a good pantry stocking price. Here in
    >>> the U.S. miso soup for the pantry is usually a dehydrated mix
    >>> with a piece of seaweed and a sprinkle of tofu cubes added.
    >>>
    >>> For cooking purposes, miso paste is usually used. I don't
    >>> know how (or why) you'd use the soup. -aem

    >
    >> is it just me, or is miso paste a *lot* more expensive than it
    >> used to be? (i'm not speaking of inflation - i mean going from
    >> 'my god, that's cheap' to 'my god, that's expensive.')

    >
    > Would you like to provide a few figures? I think the pound (approx.)
    > jars have gone from three to five bucks in the time I've been buying at
    > the Kim Sam supermarket.


    i wish i could provide the figures. my impression is more like a buck to
    five bucks, but i can't be certain. more likely i'm poorer now and it
    seems like a lot more money.

    your pal,
    blake

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