Japan Soup

In Japan, two types of soups are the most popular. The first, traditional Miso soup, the broth for which is prepared on the basis of the miso ingredient of the same name. Miso, like rice, is the cornerstone of Japanese cooking; it is added to almost all dishes and sauces.  The preparation of this ingredient occurs by fermentation (fermentation) of soybeans, cereals, or a mixture thereof with the help of molds. 

Most often, miso is produced in the form of a thick paste, which is then dissolved in water. From north to south, miso is prepared in different parts of Japan. But there are significant differences between different types and varieties of miso in color and taste. Thus distinguish Miso from rice. Today, 80% of miso produced in Japan is rice miso. Miso from soy. This miso is made from soy and salt. Such preparation is considered original. Wheat miso. Wheat miso is made for home consumption, it is also called Inaka-miso (village miso).
This miso is common in the cuisine of the eastern and southern regions of Japan (Kanto region, the region of Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu).
Shiitake (mushrooms similar to our oyster mushrooms), tofu, seafood or other ingredients are added to the miso broth. Miso soup can be vegetarian if desired.
The second type is ramen soups, which immigrated to Japan from China and Korea in the middle of the 20th century. And they became very popular, especially among young people, due to their nutritional value and low price. Today, cooking ramen soups has become a touch of Japanese fast foods.

Soups are usually started after raw fish appetizers (sashimi). First, they drink the broth, and then they eat the sticks of the remaining ingredients of the dish. According to etiquette, the cup is held in the left hand at chest level. It is not customary to lean toward the cup, otherwise, you can cause humiliating comparisons with animals from those around you. With ramen act in the reverse order. First, they eat all the additives from the soup, and then they drink the broth. Of course, now such a strict sequence is not necessary and everyone can enjoy the dish as he likes.