This Asian soup is fragrant with fresh ginger; shiitake mushrooms, spinach and soba noodles make it satisfying.

Natalie Danford
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1995
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring at least 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Slowly add soba. When water returns to a boil, add 1/2 cup cold water. Repeat steps of returning water to a boil and adding cold water 2 or 3 times, until the noodles are just tender. (It will take 5 to 7 minutes total.) Drain and rinse with cold water, working your fingers through the strands to separate them. Set aside.

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  • Combine broth and ginger in the large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add mushrooms and simmer for 8 minutes. Add sake (or mirin), soy sauce (or tamari) and vinegar.

  • Whisk a ladleful of the broth with miso in a small bowl to dissolve it; return the mixture to the pot, along with spinach. Simmer for 2 minutes more and remove from the heat. Divide the noodles among soup bowls and ladle the soup over the top. Garnish with scallions and daikon.

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Notes: Mirin is a sweet, low-alcohol rice wine essential in Japanese cooking. Look for it in your supermarket with the Asian or gourmet ingredients.

Miso is fermented bean paste made from barley, rice or soy-beans. It is available in different colors; in general, the lighter the color, the more mild the flavor. Look for miso alongside the refrigerated tofu in the market. It will keep, in the refrigerator, for more than a year.

Daikon is a long, white radish; it can be found in Asian groceries and most natural-foods stores. Commercially prepared pickled daikon radish can be found in Asian markets.

Nutrition Facts

139.9 calories; protein 8.6g 17% DV; carbohydrates 27g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 0.9g 3% DV; sugars 1.8g; fat 0.6g 1% DV; saturated fat 0.1g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 436.4IU 9% DV; vitamin c 4.1mg 7% DV; folate 40.2mcg 10% DV; calcium 22.9mg 2% DV; iron 1.5mg 9% DV; magnesium 39.7mg 14% DV; potassium 353.9mg 10% DV; sodium 1099.8mg 44% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 16% DV.