ECHIGO miso soup recipe

This is the final post for tasting project of five different type of miso paste!

The last miso is called “ECHIGO miso”. ECHIGO is a traditional word for Niigata prefecture in Japan.
Niigata is famous for the production of rice, and I know several types of delicious rice made in Niigata.

ECHIGO miso uses rice koji in cooking process which is the same as Shinshu koji miso and Sendai miso.
(Please check out my past post “BARLEY miso soup recipe” to know how is miso made up of).

Since lots of rice crops are produced in Niigata, great rice koji there created great local miso: ECHIGO miso.
ECHIGO miso is categorized as salty miso, so it should be very similar with Sendai miso which is also made with rice koji and tastes salty.

What is the difference between Sendai miso and ECHIGO miso…?
Let’s check it out!

【Recipe (2 servings)】

Ingredients
1 oz Echigo miso paste (fermented soybean paste)*1
1 teaspoon dashi granules*2
3.5 oz tofu
1/2 teaspoons dried wakame (a type of seaweed)
1.7 cups (400ml) water
(Prepare extra water to reconstitute dried wakame)

*1 Feel free to adjust the amounts of miso paste to your liking.
*2 If miso paste already contains dashi, don’t need dashi granules.

Directions

1. Combine dried wakame with boiled water and wait until reconstituted. (takes about 1 min)

2. Drain in a sieve and wash with cold water lightly.

3. Boil water for miso soup.

4. Add tofu, wakame, and dashi granules. Simmer for 3 min. Then remove from heat.

5. Add miso paste and stir until miso is completely melted.

ECHIGO miso soup
ECHIGO miso soup

Ready to eat!

As I expect the visual of the miso soup looks almost the same as Sendai miso soup hahaha…
How about the taste?
Some people might say it’s the same! haha

But I would say ECHIGO miso soup tastes little saltier than Sendai miso soup.
I think it can be liked everyone!

Enjoy your miso soup!