|For the soup base|
|For the broth|
|For the seasoning and garnish|
For the soup broth
Peel the carrots and ginger and wash the mushrooms, zucchini, scallions, and celery.
Cut the vegetables into bite-size pieces and finely chop the ginger. Divide the wakame equally into the soup bowls.
As an alternative to wakame, you can use a sheet of nori. Simply tear it into small pieces and divide into the bowls.
Divide the chopped vegetable equally into the soup bowls.
For the broth
Combine the soy sauce and unpasteurized miso with a little water using a fork or an immersion blender to make a broth.
We use a low-salt variety soy sauce called genen shoyu whereas the original recipe calls for the gluten-free soy sauce tamari.
Pour the broth into a larger container. Bring the remaining water to a boil and then let cool until the temperature is below 41°C.
For the seasoning and garnish
Combine the warm water with the broth, season to taste with salt and pepper, and pour on top of the vegetables in the individual soup bowls.
Garnish each serving with a lemon wedge and serve the Japanese miso soup while it is still warm.
Miso soup is a traditional Japanese dish. Its unique flavor comes from the fermented soybean paste (miso) and here with with zucchini and carrots.
Iodine and algae: With algae, you should look and see how much iodine it contains. Iodine is an essential trace element that occurs primarily in the form of iodide and is especially important for the production of certain thyroid hormones. A deficiency can cause hypothyroidism, but if you consume too much it can overburden your thyroid and be harmful to your health. The type of iodine found in algae depends on the type of algae, time of harvest, location, and processing.
We don’t consider soy sauce or miso to be raw. Soybeans are generally heated during the production process since green beans of all types contain the glycoprotein phasin, which is toxic for humans. Phasin inhibits the absorption of nutrients in the intestine, causes hemagglutination (clumping of the red blood cells), and in larger amounts can destroy the intestinal villi. Heating processes (e.g., cooking and roasting) destroy phasin and make soybeans and soybean products such as tofu, miso, and tempeh edible for humans. As a result, even unpasteurized soy products are not actually raw, but are instead cooked products that have been “revived” through the process of fermentation.
But at least one brand claims (with two years fermentation and without pasteurization) that its soy sauce is raw. On Soyana’s website, for example, we find the claim “SUITABLE FOR RAW FOOD even though the beans are cooked at the beginning of the production process and are then only ’revived’ via fermentation and not heated again.
I hope this explanation will be helpful for you and will make it clear that these outstanding fermented foods from Soyana have not been reheated but were cooked at the beginning of the process.”
This information should help you understand why we label this recipe as vegan cooked food even though it is listed as raw food in the cookbook it comes from. As a result of the high salt content, we do not regard the recipe to be “especially healthy.”
High salt content: The higher salt content is primarily a result of the soy sauce (tamari) and miso contained in the soup. Consuming too much salt is very unhealthy and it is best to reduce the amount of salt you consume. A total of 2.5 g of table salt (1 g of sodium) per day is optimal, especially if you have high blood pressure. For an adult, ten tablespoons of pure table salt would be lethal. (You can click on the ingredient salt to read more).
Peeling ginger: It works best to peel ginger using the sharp outer edge of a spoon. With the outer edge of the spoon, you can scrape off only the brown skin and none of the inner yellow part is wasted.
Alternative to wakame: You can use nori sheets instead of wakame.