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Miso Soup
updated: May 06, 2014, 4:12 PM

Recently I have been watching channel 132 on Cox cable, NHK, the Japanese public television station. I love the culture and food programs.

Today there was a story about miso soup. My question is where in SB can someone find a good bowl of this?


Places People Are Talking About:

ArrigatoEdomasaGoleta Sushi House
ItsukiMiso HungryShintori

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 516922 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 04:15 PM

I like Trader Joe's instant miso soup.

 

 COMMENT 516930 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 04:36 PM

Ichiban.

 

 COMMENT 516931 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 04:41 PM

Edomasa, they have one that has Mushrooms in it..sooo good.

 

 COMMENT 516932 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 04:41 PM

Misohungry!

 

 COMMENT 516933 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 04:41 PM

Goleta Sushi House

 

 COMMENT 516936 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 04:44 PM

Itsuki in Goleta is good too, new location in the Albertson's center past Costco mmm

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 05:04 PM

We got some mise running around here I could always drop acouple in the crock pot..

 

 COMMENT 516947P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 05:05 PM

I know you didn't ask for a "recipe," but considering it's like bullion, it's a staple, all you have to do is stir it into hot water, buy a tub of miso paste. I've kept it over a year in the fridge. I add tofu, green onion, etc. and use it to make noodle broth too. I have yellow sweet miso paste, but need some red. It makes great sauces too. I do love it with tempura crumbs; those I certainly don't make. (Paste is better than dried miso mixes; I've eaten them. The freezedried tofu cubes have a curiously fun, Styrofoam effect.)
I'd buy it at Whole Foods or Lazy Acres, whichever is more convenient. (Vons at La Cumbre used to carry miso, but no longer, as they used to have aburage (fried tofu pouches) SO good.
I so miss Itsuki in its old location by 154! Ate there since some time in the 80's.

 

 COMMENT 516959 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 05:31 PM

Sushi Terri in Goleta has the best Miso I've ever had.

 

 COMMENT 516960 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 05:32 PM

Edomasa

 

 COMMENT 516964 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 05:43 PM

Another vote for Edomasa--the mushroom kind! Yum!

 

 COMMENT 516965P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 05:44 PM

Any Japanese restaurant should have it.

 

 COMMENT 516970 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 06:30 PM

I posted the question, I'm interested in your opinion of the best tasting Miso soup. Thanks all, and please keep them coming.

947P, thanks for your ideas. I was thinking of going to the Japanese market Calle Real in Goleta.

965P, which one serves the best?

 

 COMMENT 516971 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 06:30 PM

But only Edomasa and Ahi Sushi serve truly Japanese food in SB.

 

 COMMENT 516983 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 08:04 PM

Miso is Miso. The subtle difference will be detected by few. I have had Miso soup in many of our local restaurants and stand by my first statement.

 

 COMMENT 516986 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 08:07 PM

Cherry Blossom used to have the best soup and Kyoto isn't bad. I want to try the new place in the Galleria on the corner or State & La Cumbre that's called Miso Hungry, I like the name. Try it out for us and let us know!

Miso is NOT miso, some places serve it watery. I like it when it has things in it and a rich broth mmm

 

 COMMENT 516987P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 08:07 PM

"Best" is subjective. What I think is the best might not be what you think is the best. Try it at different restaurants and decide which you like best. Happy eating!

 

 COMMENT 516988 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 08:25 PM

We love Shintori!

 

 COMMENT 516990 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 08:45 PM

miso is NOT miso - the trader joe's instant is no comparison to the fresh paste sold in Japanese markets, and there are several kinds of paste that taste markedly different. I'm not sure what kind of miso paste you are buying 947, but it must have some powerful preservatives because most fresh miso paste lasts maybe a month at most in the fridge.

It also makes a difference if you make it with dashi (bonito broth).

 

 COMMENT 516991 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 08:47 PM

Itsuki is top notch.

 

 COMMENT 516994 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 08:53 PM

OP here,

"Oh Miso you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, HEY MISO!"

Thanks everyone. I'll try some of these.

 

 COMMENT 516995 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 08:54 PM

Second for Shintori Sushi Factory, use the miso soup to warm up for a Shintori Dome!

 

 COMMENT 517004 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-06 10:03 PM

Maybe I'm just not very sophisticated, but I can't tell much difference in any miso i've ever had. It all kind of tastes the same to me, whether it's at Arigato or Sushi Teri, or whether I've made it at home with a powdered packet of Kikkoman miso mix. I've never met a bowl of miso soup I didn't like.

 

 COMMENT 517011P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-07 03:20 AM

Better late than never - I really like the miso at Itsuki (by costco) it's not too salty - On the mesa I also enjoy Ichiban's miso soup.

 

 UPONTHEHILL agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-07 08:46 AM

I love the Miso at Ichibon and Shintori.
Roger you are a gem!

 

 COMMENT 517069 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-07 09:21 AM

Arrigato. Hands down the best sushi/Miso in SB.

 

 COMMENT 517184 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-07 02:10 PM

Sushi Teri Goleta, very nice set of fresh ingredients in their miso. We frequently eat there because of it.

 

 COMMENT 517244P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-07 04:50 PM

Of course it depends on what kind of miso!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miso

Old miso is not the best choice, but the tub of old but edible shiromiso that I have now is "Cold Mountain Mellow White Miso. Ingredients: filtered water, cultured rice, organic whole soybeans, sea salt."

"Other important variables that contribute to the flavor of a particular miso include temperature, duration of fermentation, salt content, variety of koji, and fermenting vessel. The most common flavor categories of miso are:

Shiromiso, "white miso"
Akamiso, "red miso"
Awasemiso, "mixed miso"

The ingredients used to produce miso may include any mix of soybeans, barley, rice, buckwheat, millet, rye, wheat, hemp seed, and cycad, among others. Fermentation time ranges from as little as five days to several years. The wide variety of Japanese miso is difficult to classify, but is commonly done by grain type, color, taste, and background."

 

 COMMENT 517245P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-07 04:52 PM

OP, you're totally on top of it; definitely go to an Asian market!
--947

 

 

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