My nieces and I bond over food and one of our favorite things to do is to walk to the corner Japanese restaurant and have a big bowl of miso soup. The other day I was thinking about how fun it would be to try making the soup with them instead of buying it. So, I went online and went Google crazy and got really confused.
So, can someone please tell me how to make dashi? What type and brand of bonito flakes should I purchase? (I can order stuff online or go to a local Asian market.)
Also: Please teach me about miso paste. What are the differences between the colors? How do I store it? Other than miso soup, what can I use it for? What are some easy-to-find brand names that taste good?
And then if someone could throw in their recipe for miso soup, that would be especially awesome. If not, I can try one of the 8,000 I found online.
Thanks in advance!