Diabetes #6: Miso Soup

Hi all, sorry I’ve been bad and not posted.  I’m handicapped by the fact that I arrived in an unfamiliar kitchen with no food.  So the first thing I did after getting over the jet lag was to find a grocery store.  Then I purchased the following items without thinking what I’d make.  The general trend is that these are flexible:

  • white rice (2kg)
  • 3 Onions
  • kim-chi
  • furikake
  • tofu
  • soy sauce
  • olive oil
  • eggs
  • yogurt
  • muesli (got lucky, generally no in most groceries)
  • salmon fillets (these are $1.50 per for some reason, standard in Japan at every grocery)
  • mackerel
  • pork belly
  • soy paste
  • bonito flakes
  • dried kelp
  • lettuce
  • japanese salad dressing

The tofu, soy-paste, kelp, bonito flakes are to make miso soup.  This recipe has lasted for five or six meals.

  1. Boil 3 cups water with dried kelp in it
  2. Add bonito flakes and turn down heat.  Let it simmer for 2 minutes.  Then remove the bonito flakes.  This makes the broth (called dashi)
  3. Put two tablespoons soy-paste into a bowl.  Add some hot dashi and mix to make the paste more watery, to the consistency of humus.  Then pour this into the pot.
  4. cube a block of firm tofu, and add this.

This is something I have with every dinner that I eat at home (which I don’t do as often here, since I should get out more).  I did this plus a super simple salad along with the recipe from diabeates #1 to get the meal depicted:


my dinner, April 10, 2011

Additionally Japan is not known for its elaborate salads, instead they have really good salad dressing, with unadorned salad.  Perhaps I’m taking this too far, but it’s pretty good.  I just chop lettuce and add the salad dressing depicted (0 carbs).

Japanese Salad Dressing
Japanese Salad

Additionally I’ve discovered barley tea.  This stuff is super cheap and has a toasty taste (very cozy).  I probably have 10 cups a day and the bag I bought for 400 Yen is huge (I’ve used like 1/3 of it, so that like 100 cups of tea so far).  I’m definitely going to continue this trend when I get back.  Definitely a good thing to drink without worrying about caffeine.

Barley Tea
Barley Tea

2 thoughts on “Diabetes #6: Miso Soup

  1. … u go to tokyo, and this is what you post?!??? not impressed! where are the sakura??? why don’t you post things that you actually ate outside of your apartment??? boo, bad post

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