Japanese food is one of the healthiest foods in the world, and it is due mostly to the fact that Japanese cuisine involves a lot of vegetable dishes. Many people simply love Japanese food, and vegetarians are a great fan of their cuisine. Yet most people hesitate to try vegetarian Japanese cooking, for fear that it is difficult to prepare, or the ingredients will be hard to come by. But vegetarian Japanese cooking is very simple and easy to prepare, and here are some recipes to help you get started:
Miso soup is one dish that is never missed in Japanese meals. Served before eating, miso soup is a healthy starter that will certainly whet your appetite. Preparing miso soup is easy, once you have the right ingredients. It is very rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, so this is a healthy alternative to many appetizers that we have grown accustomed to. Also, because of its rich taste, it complements almost any type of Japanese dish.
To make miso soup, you will need three cups of dashi, one fourth cup of red or white miso, a slice of tofu that is one inch long and a half inch wide, and two teaspoons of chopped green onions. Place the dashi in a saucepan and wait for it to boil. The miso, in a small sieve, should be placed on top of the dashi, then stirred and slowly pushed out. Do this until the miso is completely mixed into the dashi. Dice the tofu into cubes and put it into the soup. Garnish with the green onions, and if you wish, you may also add some wakame seaweed. Most Japanese restaurants do this, as it adds flavor and texture to the soup.
Vegetarian Japanese cooking starts with the miso soup; enjoy this before eating a meal, or in the morning, when you wake up.