Miso soup is delicious and healthy and this version is really spicy – with the seared tofu it makes a great lunch. Miso is a protein-rich fermented soybean paste. It is rich in essential minerals and a good source of various B vitamins, vitamin E, K and folic acid. As a fermented food, miso provides the gut with beneficial bacteria that help us to stay healthy.
Place all the paste ingredients into a food processor and blend. Set aside.
Press out as much moisture as possible. Cut into cubes. In a large pot, heat the oil and start frying the tofu until it has browned. Add 1/4 of the paste, stir and cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
To the same pan add the shitake mushrooms and a tablespoon of the paste and stir fry until golden brown.
Add the stock and milk and bring to the boil – reduce the heat and simmer. Put the remaining paste into the saucepan and stir to thoroughly combined.
Place cooked noodles into the soup together with the cooked tofu, stir and cook for a further 2 minutes.