I love Japanese food. If I could, I would eat it all day, everyday. I don’t usually go for bentos or ramen because I love trying and eating every other option available! Alternatively, I would religiously have my bowl of miso soup in between plates of sushi and sashimi. It’s a must-have in every of my Japanese meal. So when I got an email from Miso Tasty inviting me to celebrate their launch, I immediately wrote back to say I was attending!
I met up with Emma earlier for a short catch up and some good coffee & cake at Kahaila Cafe, a non-profit cafe at Brick Lane. For a decent price, you can have yourself a lovely cup of coffee (or tea) and a large slice of very delicious cake. We had a slice of red velvet cake and my, it was delicious. I am quite wary when it comes to red velvet cakes because I have had my fair share of overly sweet, icky red velvety cakes – and I actually really love red velvet. So when I spoon in my first mouthful, I know that I have found one place (at least) that have gotten it right! So, thank you Em, for the lovely recommendation, we must come back and try the other cakes!
We made our way to the event, and when we arrived we were greeted by a friendly bunch of miso-lovers all seated around the table and a personalized space for me with my name attached to a dainty soup spoon! Almost immediately, we were served with this amazing glass of sparkling sake (this is so good, I need to find out where I can get this stuff) and we were then welcomed by Bonnie, the founder of Miso Tasty! She then proceeded to tell us (while we help ourselves to a lovely miso snack spread) about how Miso Tasty was started up, the obstacles, the successes, and how the miso was produced. It was a great educational session, I have to say, we now know the fermentation processes of the miso, why and how each miso tastes differently. We were asked to pick our favourite but darn they all tastes so good, each in their own way.
We got to sample our chosen miso soup, my first choice was the spicy miso soup. Accompanied by a spread of fresh ingredients such as spring onion, seaweed, prawns, meat, noodles, tofu (the list goes on actually), I realized that miso doesn’t have to be all plain Jane – creative pimping can liven up the bowl!
My second bowl, I had the classic Shiro miso. For me, this can be as simple as it originally is and it still tastes just as yum!
As we chat around the table, Bonnie got into action and seemed to be cooking quite a storm in the kitchen.
Lo and behold, not too long later we were presented with these amazing dishes cooked with miso.
Aubergine-miso & coleslaw made with miso and tahini
Saikyo miso grilled black cod and smoked salmon
These dishes were absolutely amazing! It had never occurred to me to come up with such creations with miso! Bonnie has so kindly agreed to put up some recipes on the website so I’ll be looking forward to that! My personal favourites are the aubergine-miso & and grilled black cod. Bonnie mentioned that it was really difficult to get the black cod but the outcome is well worth the money spent! The black cod has completely taken my heart, I most certainly will keep a lookout for this particular fish the next time round.
And when we had had our fill, guess what? We had desserts! You heard me right, dessert made with miso!
Freshly baked gluten-free miso cookies! Yum! With chocolate chips too! Bonnie has posted up the recipe for this, so I’m looking forward to try it out soon!
The evening ended with gales of laughter around the table as well-fed happy people exchanged stories and contacts. We were each given a rather heavy-laden goodie bag and it did include what seemed like a month’s supply of miso (yay!), a bottle of juice from Organic Miracles and skin care products from Ren. Thank you so much!
As I sat on the bus on my way home, reflecting on the evening’s event, I realised that this could be part of a solution for work hunger issues. As a nurse, we barely have time to go for a full lunch/dinner break and most of the time we end up eating at ridiculous hours or not eating at all. Miso Tasty might just be a life saver! With only 37 calories per serving, we don’t have to worry about stuffing ourselves with unhealthy snacks to keep our hunger at bay when this is so easy to make. Hot water, miso pack, and maybe pre-prepared tofu or boiled egg that we can pack into a small tupperware and bring to work. How awesome is this?! This makes light, nutritious lunch/snack/pre-dinner and I’m sure my body will agree. I am going to be known as Miso-Missy. Missy is what folks back home call the nurses. LOL.
Miso Tasty isn’t shipping internationally yet, but to all my dear healthcare professionals that may be reading this back in Malaysia/Singapore – what do you think? Sure it may not solve everybody’s problems but it’s one step! Hopefully Miso Tasty will be able to branch out internationally real soon, but until then…I’ll be smuggling A LOT OF MISO back for survival. 😛 Also, sharing is caring so friends back home are certainly going to be receiving some miso gifts.
Thank you so much Miso Tasty, for the wonderful evening!
You can find Miso Tasty in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Foods. Or, make an online order at Miso Tasty!
If anyone of you have tried it, leave me your thoughts? 🙂