Review: Miso Tasty

Miso Tasty

This week the lovely Bonnie of Miso Tasty sent me a selection of their new (vegan-friendly, of course!) instant miso soups to try out–and I was instantly a fan (ha). The soups come in two parts: a sachet of miso, and a separate ‘umami’ pack containing wakame seaweed and spring onions (apparently keeping the umami pack separate from the miso paste ‘results in a more authentic flavour experience’). You just need to add hot water and stir them together!

First off, I love the packaging. It’s bright, simple, and you can tell a lot of thought has been put into creating a strong and memorable aesthetic. Secondly, it’s great to have a miso soup that’s designed to be carried around for a moment in need. Miso soup is perfect for people like me who don’t really like tea: I’d much rather have a bowl of miso soup or vegetable stock in the mid-afternoon than a cuppa. Though I’ll admit that I’m probably in a minority there, miso soup can still act as an emergency afternoon pick-me-up for tea lovers. At only 37 calories a portion, it’s also a great product if you’re on the 5:2 diet, as a few of these will help keep you hydrated and keep the cravings away on your fasting days.

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So, how does the soup square up? Both flavours are super quick to make, and are just the right amount. The classic shiro miso soup wasn’t too salty, as instant soups often are, and the seaweed was nice and silky and there’s quite a lot of it (it does hide at the bottom in these photos!)–the spring onion retains its flavour well too. The spicy aka miso soup is very similar, but with a slight kick. It’s not at all ‘hot’, though, so if you’re a bit of a spice-wimp like me you need not be afraid.

If you’re hankering after something a little more substantial, Miso Tasty makes a great base for a bigger dish! In the noodle soup pictured below I just added some fresh udon noodles and extra spring onion to my spicy aka miso soup, but you could do the same with tofu and add whatever else you fancy: sesame seeds, chopped chilis, aubergine… the possibilities are (almost) endless. Adding noodles takes barely any time at all, so it’s still a meal you can whip up in less than 5 minutes.

You can get hold of Miso Tasty soups via the online store, or one of the stockists listed on the website: a single taster pack is £2, and an 8 pack is under £8. Hopefully Miso Tasty products will be more widely available soon, and I can’t wait to see what other products Bonnie comes up with–you can follow her here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Miso Tasty

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