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Good brand of miso paste?

fldhkybnva Mar 21, 2013 11:53 AM

I am planning to go H Mart this afternoon to pick up some produce, but thought that it'd be a good idea to pick up miso paste for the many miso recipes I've accumulated on Pinterest. I'm sure that there will be quite the selection, is there a particular brand that you recommend?

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    Alan408 Mar 21, 2013 12:15 PM

    SF Bay Area, I used to purchase plastics tub of miso, all of my local Asian markets carried it, went to a new upscale Japanese market, they carried many more varieties than my usual tub. I asked a clerk for a recommendation, he recommended a $12 brand vs the $3 brand I used to buy.

    My uses are soup, salad dressings, fish seasonings . I noticed a difference, mild vs sharp for a year or so. I think miso changes as it ages, I think I can adjust things to my taste.

    The expensive brand was mild compared to the inexpensive brand.

    1. meatn3 Mar 21, 2013 01:21 PM

      Miso Masters was the first American company to produce traditional Japanese style miso. I've toured their facility and it was fascinating! I've been very happy with their products.

      https://www.great-eastern-sun.com/art...

      1. Bacardi1 Mar 23, 2013 04:36 PM

        My only suggestion would be to go for a "white" or "yellow" paste rather than a "red" or darker one. The darker ones can be too intense for all recipes; the lighter ones tend to be more multipurpose. Unless of course you want to buy one of both & "taste test". ;)

        1. NE_Wombat Mar 23, 2013 11:19 PM

          On a semi-related note, for years I've been looking for a low(er?) sodium miso. I understand the production process, and what the product actually is, so I suspect that such just doesn't exist.

          That being understood, has anyone come up with a low sodium "miso like" product?

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            la2tokyo Mar 23, 2013 11:59 PM

            Saikyo miso has much less salt in it than regular miso.

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              NE_Wombat Mar 24, 2013 08:10 AM

              Thanks for the information. I'll have to locate some and give it a try.

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            gusinjapan Sep 24, 2013 03:41 PM

            Marukome miso is the most widespread in Japan and they have quite a few versions of it here in the U.S. that I have seen too.

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