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Miso Breakfast Soup

Miso is a fermented bean paste that adds richness and flavour to many of Japan's favourite soups. it is available in health food stores.This unusual soup provides a nourishing start to the day.

ingredients

serves 4
3 shiitake mushrooms, fresh or dried
1.2 litres (2 pints) 5 cups vegetable stock
60 ml (4 tbsp) miso paste
115 g (4 oz) tofu, cut into large dice
1 spring onion, green part only, sliced, to garnish

method

1. If using dried mushrooms, soak them in hot water for 3 - 4 minutes, then drain. Slice the mushrooms thinly and set aside.

2. Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Stir in the miso paste and mushrooms, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Ladle the broth into 4 soup bowls and divide the tofu between them. Sprinkle over the spring onion and serve immediately.

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