Improv: Replace the mushrooms with diced firm tofu and/or wilted spinach.

Finely grate, place in paper towel, and squeeze to yield 1 1/2 teaspoons juice:
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger

Whisk together in small saucepan:
6 cups water
7 tablespoons white miso (fermented soybean paste)

Add and bring to simmer (do not boil):
6 large shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Add and cook soup 30 seconds:
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger juice (see above)
3/4 teaspoon tamari soy sauce

Divide soup among 6 soup bowls. Garnish with:
Additional sliced green onions

Makes 6 servings.
Bon App├ętit
January 2006

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