miso soupDid you know that Miso Soup with Scallions is an ancient Chinese herbal remedy for colds? In 300 AD famous herbalist, Ge Hong, writes about Miso Soup with Scallions in a book called, Bei ji zhou hou fang or Emergency Formulas to Keep Up One’s Sleeve. The soup is indicated for the onset of a cold when a person is just beginning to feel a headache, stuffy nose and a slight fever with chills. Drink a cup or two of hot miso soup and wrap up in a warm blanket!

So, the next time you feel a cold coming on, be sure to have your miso! Miso is available at your local Asian market or health food store.

 Miso Soup Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Miso (usually sold in the refrigerated section). Instant miso packets are also available.
  • 2-3 scallions, chopped
  • 3-4 slices fresh ginger

Directions:

Dissolve the miso in a little bit of boiling water.   Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add the ginger & scallions.  Simmer covered for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, top with some chopped scallions and serve.

Variations:

You can add various other ingredients soup, such as tofu, fresh mushrooms, cooked shrimp, snow peas,bean sprouts, cooked rice noodles, or paper-thin slices of fresh ginger. Ginger & the white parts of scallions as a tea alone works very well, too, for a cold with chills.