Definition of miso in US English:



  • 1Paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt, used in Japanese cooking.

    • ‘When the fermentation of miso is complete the soya beans retain their original shape.’
    • ‘The color of miso determines how long the product's been aged, as well as its salt content.’
    • ‘Like a lot of Japanese ingredients, miso is handy to have in the fridge, where it will last for up to a year.’
    • ‘The three main soya bean products - miso, tofu, and shoyu - are the second largest source of protein for the Japanese.’
    • ‘Miso used to be ground daily at home with a huge pestle and mortar, but nowadays it is sold ready ground.’
    • ‘In fact, miso is a great source of complex carbohydrates, protein, essential oils and minerals.’
    • ‘The filling gained the cheesecake-like consistency from tofu along with ground almonds, soy milk, corn starch, and - believe ir or not - a tiny spoonful of miso.’
    • ‘The liquid poured off during this production of miso is what is known as soya sauce.’
    • ‘But the grilled pork shoulder was good (it's dunked in sake and miso), and so was the pork belly, which is simmered to a melting, fatty softness and presented in a thick peasant's pot.’
    • ‘Miso is known to aid in digestion and strengthen the blood.’
    • ‘She makes miso from fermented soya beans each spring, treading them first with a pair of wellies and then pounding the pulp into blocks, finally hanging them in the rafters to dry.’
    • ‘Home-made miso is still ground by hand.’
    • ‘Small skewers of ground chicken in garlic miso or fresh wasabi are presented like jeweled bracelets, and deserve the setting.’
    • ‘Other products like tofu and miso also call for mature, large-seeded specialty soybean varieties.’
    • ‘Robins is certainly not the first to marinate chicken in a Thai sauce, or cod in miso.’
    • ‘The very best miso comes from the center of the cask and customarily was presented to the emperor of Japan.’
    • ‘Miso is quite salty, so use it instead of salt to flavor your food.’
    • ‘A tiny heap of finely shredded zest will be placed on top of cooked vegetables or fish, or mixed with miso to make a condiment.’
    • ‘Organic sauce imports include soy sauce, miso and salad dressings.’
    • ‘Add the miso, ginger, carrot, and heart of palm, and simmer for five minutes.’
    1. 1.1 A soup thickened with miso paste, often with added tofu or vegetables.
      ‘a bowl of piping hot miso’
      • ‘Plain tofu is often eaten in the morning with a touch of ginger, or miso soup with tofu on the side.’
      • ‘Vegetarian cuisine prepared in Zen monasteries relied heavily on soy products, including miso soup and tofu.’
      • ‘The sumashi was a clear-broth seafood soup, and it was satisfying as well, though it didn't quite live up to the miso.’
      • ‘At a sit down lunch, I get a lovely bowl of miso, a cup of tea, a box of something and a nice little dish in which to mix my wasabi and soy.’
      • ‘I had a tasty lunch with Joe at this new Japanese restaurant over by Gramercy Park, sharing a big fresh tuna salad, with a bowl of miso for me.’
      • ‘It is in fact Santiago's hottest Pan Asian restaurant-bar, serving fine cocktails and exquisite selections of sashimi and miso you never thought possible this side of the Chinese Sea.’
      • ‘The beans were followed by soup; my friend went for the miso, while I chose the sumashi.’
      • ‘If you're suffering from a nasty hangover, you might want to try miso, which can readily replenish your body with lost vitamins and minerals.’
      • ‘The atmosphere is casual: complimentary tea and miso are self-serve and the dishes are disposable.’
      • ‘See his website for an excellent explanation of how to make a great bowl of miso.’
      • ‘I had several bottles of hot sake and some miso to accompany our dish of sashimi.’
      • ‘I bet there are people in California nursing homes eating miso.’
      • ‘Her soup arrives, thank God. It's a clear miso with a few scallion tips.’
      • ‘The best miso is served in tiny amounts and has a complex, nutty, salty flavor.’
      • ‘Although the mostly iceberg salad is lame, the miso soup is lovely, smoky, subtle stuff.’
      • ‘As for what to drink with miso soup, sometimes even winemakers choose beer.’
      • ‘Dipped in miso, it has a sweet, jellied, curiously dissolving quality, like some exotic form of vegan candy.’
      • ‘I love miso, but not while I'm listening to the Today programme.’
      • ‘The miso soup was some of the best either of us had ever tasted in this city.’