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Simple Onion Miso Soup

Onion Miso Soup

I know I had made little contribution to the blogosphere recently, yet ate a lot, stayed in bed late, did more leg exercises (shopping and hiking), which all seemed to have shortened the Christmas time.

Tired though, I’m happily back to my seat in front of my computer posting this long delayed recipe, relaxing my leg but giving some exercises to my lazy fingers!.

Making this soup was relaxing too. We just need a short list of common ingredients, onion, miso paste, and garlic. Yes, there is no flour, no butter, simply a small amount of grape seed oil.

Although with minimal fats, and not a tiny bit of cream, to me this easy, light soup is flavorful enough.

Ingredients for Onion Miso Soup

Preparation is fast especially if you know the trick to julienne an onion without being ‘smoked’ to tears. I have included a link in the step below where you may find my way of getting it around.

An ‘accident’ occurred. Hubby was having a stuffed nose, but after he drank this soup, it was released the next day. We were not sure if his good sleep had relieved the symptom or this soup has much resemblance to the recipe for Preventing Flu.

Miso Soup
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Very likely, this is my last recipe for 2011, may I therefore take this chance to wish all of you a Happy and Healthy 2012! See you in next post!

Simple Onion Miso Soup

  • Ingredients
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 sprig spring onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp sake
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cooking oil (I used grapeseed oil)
  • pinch of ground white pepper, optional

Simple Onion Miso Soup


Skin and wash onion, cut it into thin strings (I like julienne them into strips lengthwise so that they all come in similar length). Onions consist of tearjerker, here is my cheat as how to cut them without ‘crying’.

Dilute miso paste with 1 to 2 table spoons of water. Set aside.

Heat oil in pot over medium heat, briefly sauté garlic till fragrant. Toss in julienned onion, sprinkling in sake and stir-frying it until translucent, about 3 minutes. Pour in water and stir in diluted miso paste. Cover, simmer the soup for about 10 minutes.

Add sliced spring onion, season with salt and ground white pepper.

Serve hot (garnish with some rosemary if you wish).

How to julienne or chop an onion
To cut an onion, half it lengthwise first. Then lay each half flat on chopping board and trim off the stem end, leaving the root end intact. There you go julienning or dicing the onion as shown in this video.


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  1. kristy

    Merry Christmas to you dear. Wish that I can call your name…..willing to grant me my wish???? haha…. Well, it’s X’mas right? Oh no, it’s not over yet. Not untill New Year day. haha….. Btw, your soup sounded really simple & luscious. Oh yes and not forgetting to wish you a very Happy 2012! May all the good things coming your way.
    God Bless.

  2. TasteHongKong

    A very Happy 2012 to you too!
    Sure! This is Maureen, who has to thank you for all the kind words!
    Excuse me for not putting it down upfront : ).

  3. tigerfish

    There is French Onion soup and then there is your onion miso soup 🙂 ….I like that this soup is simple to prepare yet full of flavors with onion, garlic and miso.

    Happy New Year!

  4. noobcook

    my last recipe of the year was also miso soup, keke. this is my to-go soup for fuss-free cooking. yours look very nice with so much onions, will try it out next time. happy 2012!!

  5. Smoky Wok (J)

    I love the flavours in this! YUMMY!

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy 2012 and May the New Year be full of joy and cheer!

  6. Angie@Angiesrecipes

    A simple but very healthy and flavourful soup.
    Happy New Year!

  7. Bite and Sip

    Hi Maureen,
    I am on a diet beginning from tomorrow morning and this soup is going to be on my table pretty soon. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I love Hong Kong, I lived in nearby Guangdong for 4 years and I miss it very much.

  8. Sook

    Wow, what a great idea to add onions in miso! I wish my hubby ate onions… this looks so good! maybe I will have to try it for lunch sometime.

  9. Mary Moh

    Thanks for sharing a simple and healthy soup. I love onions and i love miso. This would be perfect for me any time, especially in this cold weather. I’m sure it helps to beat the flu. Hope your hubby has fully recovered. Wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous new year!

  10. Akshay

    Thanks for sharing a simple and healthy soup for drinking. Soups helps to cure disease. Visit site for more soups recipes –

  11. Jarrod

    I love the bowl in these photos. Where did you get it?

  12. TasteHongKong

    Bought in JUSCO for quite a while.

  13. Asmita

    I love miso soup and this one looks yummy!!!

  14. Dalene

    Hi Maureen!
    I live in HK, and just decided today that I want to make my own miso soup. So went to Jusco and got the miso paste, but I think I need dashi now. I want to make the traditional miso soup that one gets when you go to any Japanese restaurant. Any ideas? So I went online and came across your lovely blog! I started my own blog a few months ago, and love exchanging recipes.

  15. Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Lovely shots of the soup. And what a scrumptious recipe. I will definitely be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing!