mi·​so | \ ˈmē-(ˌ)sō \

Definition of miso

: a high-protein fermented food paste consisting chiefly of soybeans, salt, and usually grain (such as barley or rice) and ranging in taste from very salty to very sweet

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The signature preparation, hoba yaki, involves meats and vegetables glazed with miso and fire-roasted on magnolia leaves. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Outdoor Outpost of Tulum, in Hudson Square," 3 July 2018 In the open kitchen, chef Deuki Hong showed his crew how to plate the night’s specials, such as clam noodles with miso butter and crispy pork belly bo ssam. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Asian Art Museum takes a risk with young star chef’s destination cafe," 6 June 2018 Sautéed eggplant mashed into a paste with miso is a favorite option. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety," 26 July 2018 Using miso and water instead builds tons of flavor but keeps the texture light. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Make This Miso Polenta with Your First Spring Farmers' Market Haul," 25 Apr. 2018 Lipman’s go-tos include kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented miso and vegetables, and full-fat coconut yogurt. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Complete Guide to Probiotics, From Supplements to Kombucha," 16 Oct. 2018 The turnips and carrots belong with a bowl of white rice and a quick miso-ginger sauce drizzled over it all. Christina Chaey, Bon Appetit, "I Let My Steamer Basket Decide What I Should Make for Dinner," 25 June 2018 Miso Hungry Burger A plain old hamburger is kicked up a few notches with the addition of a miso dressing, soy ginger mushrooms, and a tempura onion ring. Fox News, "Best burgers to grill up for your Memorial Day weekend cookout," 25 May 2016 The New Orleans is a tower of golden fried chicken, Creole remoulade, Cajun spice, Thai basil, collard green kimchi, ginger-miso BBQ sauce and of course, a fried egg. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Four great L.A. fried chicken restaurants to try now," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of miso

1615, in the meaning defined above

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