I had this for dinner last nite as I was eager to taste what Korean miso tastes and looks like - definitely a lot darker in color than the Japanese one - almost a brick or burnt red color. I wanted to stay true to the original recipe and make it just with miso paste and tofu, but I made the mistake of putting my tofu in the freezer and it wouldn't thaw fast enough for my post-work hunger. So I improvised with cabbage, baby corn and asparagus. I boiled the asparagus for 2-3 minutes, which did leave some of the stalks a bit chewy and sinewy - So, I'd recommend boiling them for an additional minute or so.
1 large tablespoon of Korean miso
Two baby corns, chop into bite size morsels
A big handful of green cabbage, julienned
A small handful of asparagus (stalks?)
A small knob of ginger
Sesame seeds to garnish
Boil the cut asparagus for 3-5 minutes.
Drain and plunge into ice water.
Retain the water used to boil the asparagus.
Pour some of it over the miso paste in a seperate bowl.
Stir till the miso is dissolved and gives off a lovely brown color.
Add that back to the asparagus water.
Add the ginger, finely chopped, to the boiling water.
Put this back on the gas and bring to a boil, then turn off the gas.
In your serving bowl, add the cabbage, corn and asparagus at the bottom of the bowl.
Pour over your miso-ginger water over the vegetables in the bowl.
Garnish with sesame seeds on top.
Note: I did not forget to mention salt. The miso is salty enough on its own. Plus, I dont use salt or sugar.