Clear dashi soup stock with tofu, chikuwa (steamed fish paste tube) julienned carrot and green onion

Shiru (juicy/liquid) + mono (things) = savoury bit on the side

A part of every standard Japanese meal, you need at least one soup in your back pocket. (But not literally – that would be a bit unsightly.) Lucky for you, they are delicious and ridiculously simple to make. Prepare a stock, boil up some ingredients, and top with a garnish. Shhh!! It’s our little secret that this classy-looking accompaniment to your meal is actually cheap and easy.

Recipe: Miso Soup