Shimeji mushrooms and wood ears were combined with a copious amount of wakame (yes, the seaweed) to complete this wonderful 2-mushroom miso soup. We had it on Christmas Eve to go with our mostly pescetarian meal.
It was at Sam’s request that I made the soup. To my surprise, when Speedy saw me prepping the mushrooms and asked what I what I was making, he made a little happy exclamation when he heard there was going to be soup in our meal. Well, “a little happy exclamation” would be putting it mildly. He raised his hands and said “Yes!” as though he won the lotto or something.
They’re soup people, Speedy and Sam. But Alex and I? Not so much although we rarely say no to miso soup. All three of them are not huge fans of wakame and, as a rule, they leave most of the wakame in the pot. But that’s more than okay with me because I can, and am more than willing, to consume all the wakame that they often find overwhelming. I love the stuff. Probably as much as I love mushrooms.
Why the combination of shimeji and wood ears? To be honest? Because they were what we had. Soup wasn’t really part of the planned menu for Christmas Eve but Sam asked, and… well, why not? I could have made a basic miso soup but when I was retrieving the packets of dashi from one of the shelves underneath the kitchen island, I found a bag of dried wood ears. Not a lot but, if added to the leftover shimeji in the fridge, we could have a chunky miso soup. And that was how my 2-mushroom miso soup came to be.
2-mushroom Miso Soup
In a pot, heat eight cups of water until boiling.
While waiting for the water to boil, finely slice the wood ears and cut off the root ends of the shimeji.
Wring out the excess water from the wakame and finely slice the seaweed.
When the water is boiling, scoop out a cup and reserve.
Add the shimeji and wood ears to the boiling water and cook for half a minute. Lower the heat so that the water is barely simmering.
Into the reserved cup of water, stir the miso paste until dissolved.
Empty the packets of dashi granules into the pot of water. Stir.
Stir in the diluted miso paste.
Turn off the heat and stir in the wakame.
Serve the 2-mushroom miso soup hot.