A couple of weekends ago, we passed by a Chinese deli and bought cooked and frozen dumplings. The pack of shrimp wonton had been sitting in the freezer for a couple of days before inspiration struck — why not use the wontons in a miso-based soup? And a wonderful new recipe was born. Miso soup with shrimp wonton and shiitake mushrooms.
Now, please don’t construe this recipe as a mandate that only deli-bought wontons can be used. You can make your own wontons with your choice of filling (the combination of pork and shiitake mushrooms is particularly good). Or you can even ditch the wontons and make a very vegetarian soup with tofu, vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. Think about what you like in your soup and feel free to go by your preferences. The idea behind this recipe is simply that miso soup is a base and what goes into it… well, anything goes.
Miso Soup with Shrimp Wonton and Shiitake Mushrooms
- Halve, quarter or slice the shiitake.
- Cut up the bok choy into smaller pieces.
- Cut the tofu into bite-size pieces.
- Peel and thinly slice the carrot.
- Boil about four cups of water in a pan.
- Cook the tofu, mushrooms and bok choy and for about two minutes. The carrot slices and wontons, for about four minutes. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out and transfer to a shallow bowl. Tip: If the water evaporates fast before everything’s cooked, just add more, a little at a time so that the temperature does not go down so much.
- Cook the carrot slices and wontons in the water for about four minutes. Again, use a slotted spoon to scoop them out and transfer to a plate or bowl.
- In another pot, boil another six cups of water. Take a quarter cup of hot water and dissolve the miso paste in it. Turn off the heat and stir in the dashi and miso paste.
- Place all the cooked ingredients in a soup tureen and pour in the miso soup.
- Ladle the soup into bowls (make sure everyone gets a piece of everything) and enjoy your miso soup with shrimp wonton and shiitake mushrooms.
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