Miso Soup with Bangus (Milkfish) Fillets and Malunggay (Moringa) Leaves
Fatty milkfish belly is cut into small cubes and combined with freshly stripped moringa leaves in this Filipinized miso soup. Chunky enough to be served with rice as a main course.
- 2 bangus (milkfish) belly fillets cut into one-inch squares (about 2 cups after cutting)
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce to taste
- 1 300-gram cake silken tofu cut into ½-inch cubes
- 6 cups dashi (or dissolve 2 to 3 tablespoons dashi granules in 6 cups of water)
- 3 tablespoons miso paste
- malunggay (moringa) leaves as much or as little as you like
In a pot, heat the dashi.
Ladle about half a cup of hot dashi into a bowl and stir in the miso paste until free from lumps.
Drop the fish squares into the pot, stir and allow the water to come to the boil. Lower the heat at once, cover the pot and let the fish simmer for five minutes. That’s all the time they need to cook. Seriously.
Turn up the heat and add the tofu cubes to the pot. When the liquid simmers, count 30 seconds, add the malunggay leaves, pressing them lightly into the liquid. Cook for a minute then turn off the heat.
Stir the miso paste into the broth. Taste and add fish sauce, if needed.
Serve the soup hot.