There’s nothing quite like treating yourself to spicy, comforting jalapeno miso soup -- especially when you're relaxing in a steamy shower. It’s an easy way to feel pampered when you’re feeling under the weather and it's so simple to pull off.
Make this soup ahead of time in a full batch or in two thermos-size portions, to be consumed now and later. The ingredients can be added in any ratio, based on your preference for salty, briny, spicy, or sweet broth.
Fire up your shower -- and your stove -- and enjoy!
Jalapeno Miso Shower Soup
Fills two 8-ounce thermoses
1 heaping Tbsp yellow miso paste (less if you don’t want it to be salty)
2 cups vegetable broth
4 sheets dried seaweed snacks, sliced into quartered squares (available at most Asian grocery stores and Trader Joe’s)
Half a block of silken tofu, cubed
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced horizontally and partially seeded
Optional garnish: 2 scallions (sliced) and/or black pepper (to taste)
In a pot, bring water to a simmer over medium heat, then turn to low.
Add miso to the simmering broth and stir until all lumps are gone.
Add tofu and simmer for 5 minutes, or until tofu is soft.
Add the dried seaweed squares and simmer.
Preheat your shower to medium temperature.
Add sliced jalapeno (leave some seeds or completely remove all seeds if you prefer less spicy food).
Ladle one serving of soup into a waterproof vessel, such as a Thermos, and (optional) garnish with scallions and black pepper.
Take your soup into the shower, put the thermos on any stable surface, and enjoy.
Pro tip: Be sure to keep your soup out of the direct spray of water while eating (to avoid diluting the flavor).
Elite Truong is a support manager and snack maker at Vox Media. She likes eating and philosophically dissecting noodles, sushi, dumplings and street food. You can find her at @elitetruong.
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