Nagatanien Matsutake Osuimono Instant Suimono Soup
When it comes to Japanese soup, there are 2 common types, which are “Miso-Shiru (味噌汁: miso soup)” and “Suimono (吸い物)“, also known as “Osuimono (お吸い物)”.
As you know, miso soup and plain white rice are the staples of the Japanese diet.
Miso soup is the quintessential Japanese soup seasoned with the fermented soybean paste “miso (味噌)” and usually has lots of ingredients in the broth.
On the other hand, Suimono is a traditional Japanese soup dish whose broth is typically lightly seasoned with salt and soy sauce.
Unlike miso soup, this Japanese soup is clear in color and doesn’t contain lots of food in the broth.
Nagatanien Matsutake Osuimono
As with miso soup, the clear soup Suimono is commonly eaten in Japan, so a variety of instant Suimono soups can be seen in supermarkets.
Among those products, what I introduce here, Nagatanien Matsutake Mushroom Osuimono is one of my favorite instant Suimono soups, which was introduced into the market by Nagatanien in 1964.
Even now, the instant Suimono soup has deep-rooted popularity and is loved by many Japanese people as a long-selling item. It is packed with umami but very low in calories, 5 kcal per bag (3 grams).
By the way, the amount of salt contained in the Suimono soup is 1.6 g.
Actually, the soup base doesn’t contain real Matsutake mushrooms probably because they are very expensive. Instead, this Japanese Suimono soup uses a flavoring agent that recreates the taste of Matsutake.
Specifically, based on the ingredient list pictured above, the soup base of Nagatanien Matsukake Osuimono consists of umami components of bonito and Matsutake mushrooms, bread-like pieces of dried wheat gluten “Fu (麩)”, Nori seaweed, Shiitake mushrooms, and chopped green onions.
The cooking of this instant Suimono soup is very straightforward; First, put one bag of the soup base powder in a bowl. Then, pour 180 ml of boiling water, stir well, and you can enjoy the Matsutake soup.
Once you tear the bag open, the nice fragrance of Matsutake mushrooms that stimulates the appetite wafts out into the air.
Although this Matsutake soup has a very light taste, it is an authentic, very fragrant Suimono soup packed with umami and is worth a try once.