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For the next couple of months, everyone’s eyes are on the RWC being played in Japan. I have been told it’s a wonderful place that I myself haven’t been to, but it certainly is somewhere I would love to go to, mainly for the food!
Japanese cuisine is steeped in history and culture. So many of our everyday dishes and ingredients; sushi, miso.

Miso is a seasoning product that’s heavily used in Japanese cuisine. It’s made with fermented soybeans, salt, koji (fungus) and sometimes rice and seaweed. Ground soya beans which are then fermented with the Koji mould.

It’s heavily used in Japanese cuisine in sauces, spreads, pickling vegetables and soups. I haven’t found many ingredients that date back as far as Miso, with manufacturing dating back to 300 BC!

Miso has that special 5 element of flavour called umami which is salty, sweet, earthy, fruity and savoury. I tend to use it in so many dishes to just boost the flavours like dressings and gravies.

Miso is a part of many Japanese-style meals, it commonly appears as the main ingredient of miso soup, which is eaten daily by much of the Japanese population. Paired with plain rice.

So with the rugby World Cup being played at night, miso soup is the perfect late-night dish to be eaten whilst watching the game as it’s fast and really tasty!

Mikes basic miso soup

Serves two supporters

1 chicken breast, skin removed and sliced into strips
4 cups of vegetable broth
1 head of Bok Choy, chopped
2 strips of spring onions, chopped
1 block of tofu, cut into small cubes
1 sheet of seaweed, sliced into strips (nori is the best and commonly found)
3-4 tbsp miso paste

Place the vegetable broth into a medium saucepan and bring to a low simmer
Add nori and chicken, simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the miso, greens and tofu and simmer for a further 5 minutes
Taste and add more miso if required
Serve warm. Best when fresh!