While the hubby and I were travelling in Japan, I got the chance to try my very first vegan miso soup, which wasn’t as easy as it sounds since most restaurants add dashi, (fish sauce). So I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was when I stumbled upon a restaurant that served vegan miso soup! I knew that as soon as we returned home I would recreate this unique flavored soup. And that’s exactly what I did. Determined to succeed, I started experimenting with the aka miso paste, and quickly came to learn that the aka miso paste had an incredibly rich, salty, fermented and unique flavor, meaning that I didn’t have to add any other spice to the soup. It was one of the most easiest and hassle free soups I’ve ever cooked. I just threw all the ingredients together in a pot, and cooked the soup for 15 – 20 minutes. My only regret is that I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to experiment with miso! To think of all the years I could have enjoyed it. Oh well, at least now I’m making up for lost time. Ever since we returned, the hubby and I have been enjoying it as a starter almost every day, it’s that good!