FU (wheat gluten cake) miso soup recipe

Hi, Everyone! Christmas is just around the corner. What are you planning on Christmas?

I suppose many of you are going to spend Christmas with your family.

On the other hand, a lot of people think or want to spend Christmas with their girl/boyfriend in Japan. (This is big event for couples in Japan!)

So, I hear that the amount of Dating Apps download drastically increase in Japan before Christmas haha.

By the way, I will go to Guam on vacation during Christmas.
I can’t wait to have a hamburger and beer by the beach…! Maybe I will miss miso soup there after few days past haha.

I will introduce the other traditional miso soup “FU (wheat gluten cake) miso soup” today. I might cook it during the trip.

So… let’s talk about “FU miso soup”. Have you ever heard of FU?

FU is a processed food produced from wheat gluten as main raw material.
It looks like a small piece of bread, but it’s not. It is made by extracting gluten from wheat first and mixing the gluten with wheat. Finally that is heated with steam, baked, or deep fried. I used deep fried one this time.

We often eat FU with miso soup or clear soup in Japan. FU is also used in stir-fry instead of meat, so it is useful ingredient for vegetarian.
FU in miso soup became juicy and tasty after it takes up the soup.
It might be similar to soup with crouton. (It is much bigger than crouton though…)

【Recipe (2 servings)】

1 oz miso paste (fermented soybean paste)*1
1 teaspoon dashi granules*2
1/2 teaspoon dried wakame (a type of seaweed)
0.5 oz FU (wheat gluten cake)
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. I use miso paste containig dashi this time.


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. Heat water, wakame, and FU (wheat gluten cake) in a saucepan until FU gets soft slightly. Add dashi granules, if you need, and remove from heat after granules is melted.

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

FU (wheat gluten cake) miso soupReady to eat!

I simmered FU in a saucepan for a little time because the size of FU is kind of big this time. If you use smaller one, you may not be necessary to heat, and can just put them in the bowl right before you eat.

There are various type of FU, so please find the one you really like!
Enjoy your miso soup!