Lin’s Basic Miso Soup

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From the Vitality Food Feature ‘MIRACULOUS MISO‘.

This recipe makes about 8 cups, but is easily cut in half or doubled. Be creative with your choice of vegetables. I like to make a different batch every time.


  • 6 cups water
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of fresh grated black pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 cup Chinese or regular cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 thinly sliced carrots
  • 4 or 5 fresh mushrooms or a few broken, dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 handful snow pea pods
  • 1 stalk thinly sliced celery
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 3 Tbsp miso dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water

1) Put all ingredients, except green onions and miso into soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 4 minutes. Add miso and stir until blended. Transfer to soup tureen. Garnish with green onions. Ladle up and enjoy.

2) Other vegetables to try are: leeks, onions, okra, green beans, bean sprouts, lettuce, green peppers, green peas, potato or anything else that tickles your fancy in a soup. For a wonderful formal soup, trying adding a handful of prawns, shrimp or other seafood. Diced firm tofu adds body and flair.

Linda Gabris is an avid cook who enjoys sharing her grandmother’s old recipes and medicinal preparations as they were recorded in the handwritten journals passed down to her. Linda also enjoys gardening and foraging for edible wild foods. Over the years, she has taught cooking courses in Prince George, B.C., with a focus on healthy eating, food preparation, and International cuisine.

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