An essential part of a traditional Japanese meal, miso soup is made with miso (soy bean paste) and a soup stock, the customary ingredients of which are kombu (sea tangle), dried bonito, and dried sardine fry. Additional ingredients may include any of a wide variety of vegetables, tofu, clams, and seaweeds. Packaged instant miso soup is now widely available. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)
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