- All About 'Miso'
- MISO ( pronounced mee-so) is fermented
soybean paste. But this unappealing description falls far short
of what it really is and what its benefits are.
- MISO, with a texture similar to peanut
butter, contains an abundance of protein and all the essential
(and non-essential) amino acids, yet has a low salt, fat and
calorie content. It also comes in a wide variety of flavours
and colours. All these properties, derived from over a thousand
years of refinement by traditional Japanese master craftsmen,
can make MISO as versatile, satisfying and nutritious an addition
to your cooking as it is in Japan.
- MISO's many benefits stem from the unique
combination of properties soybeans have after undergoing the
process of natural fermentation. Besides providing the body with
essential nutrients, MISO promotes resistance to disease, helps
the digestion and assimilation of all foods but particularly
acidic foods such as sweets, meat and alcohol, neutralizes the
harmful effects of nicotine in tobacco, increases the protein
available from foods such as bead, noodles and other cereals,
reduces the need for salt as a seasoning, serves as a concentrated
source of energy, and may even have the ability to attract, absorb
and discharge from the body radioactive elements such as strontium
(found in milk).
- MISO can be used like bouillon in soups
and stocks, like soy sauce in sauces and dressings, like cheese
in casseroles and spreads, like relish with vegetables and sandwiches,
as a topping on sautéed or steamed foods, and like salt
as a seasoning.
- With this kind of versatility in the
preparation and consumption of food, together with its amazing
variety of nutritional and healthful benefits and a cornucopia
of delicious tastes and aromas, it is little wonder that MISO
plays an indispensable role in Japanese cookery. We hope, after
you have tried it in some of our dishes at Suisha Gardens
Restaurant, that it will become just as important
to you. May we suggest Miso Soup,
Miso Ramen (miso flavoured noodle soup), or Gindara Saikyo yaki
(miso flavoured black cod).
- MISO is available at Asian food-stores
and some supermarkets, however you will find a variety of MISO
paste, from red to white MISO, Saba Miso-ni (Mackerel with Miso
sauce), Gindara Saikyo yaki (miso flavoured black cod), instant
Miso Ramen, and even dried instant Miso soup at Niagara Kyo-Mart
(Niagara's only Japanese Food Store), located
next to Suisha Gardens Restaurant. For more information call
- Here are some miso products
sold at 'Niagara Kyo-Mart'