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Miso Soup

The Tatami Room
  • Serves: 2-3
  • Preparation: 10
  • Cooking: 20
  • Passive: 5
  • Ready: 35

A warm and nourishing Japanese Miso Soup from The Tatami Room, with broth made from seaweed instead of fish.


  • 10 g/1/3 oz kombu (kelp), about 2 or 3 squares
  • 950 ml/4 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 large dry wood ear mushrooms, wiped clean
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown miso paste
  • 40 g/¼ cup finely sliced spring onions
  • 115 g/4 oz tofu, cut into ½-inch cubes


To make the ‘dashi’ soup stock, in a large saucepan, combine the kombu and vegetable stock and heat over medium-low heat almost to the boiling point. Remove the kombu just before the mixture comes to a boil and discard.

Remove the dashi from the heat and skim any foam that rises to the surface. Let stand for 2 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a saucepan. Keep warm over low heat.

Add the mushrooms and soy sauce to the dashi and steep until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, and, when cool enough to handle, slice thinly. Return to the liquid.

Add the miso pastes and cook over low heat, stirring to dissolve.

Add the spring onions and tofu and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes.

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of The Tatami Room

The Tatami Room is a sushi and ramen restaurant in the heart of Barcelona, opened in 2010. Following a hugely successful vegetarian/vegan ramen day in July 2016, the restaurant now runs regular Meat Free Mondays. The Tatami Room recently opened a London branch, bringing authentic Japanese ramen to the new Flat Iron Square on the South Bank. The London outlet already offers three vegan options and also plans to support MFM once it begins Monday trading.

Facebook: The Tatami Room Barcelona
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