Daughter→vegetarian but loves miso soup… Recommendations for veg. miso in Somerville/Cambridge?

My daughter loves miso soup, but wants to be vegetarian. Normally, it's made with fish. Do you have a recommendation for somewhere with a vegetarian option? Ideally, Somerville or Cambridge, or at least Red Line....

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Watertown

Yeah, Red Lentil is in Watertown, not Cambridge. Quick ride from Harvard Square on the 71 bus though.

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Just make it yourself

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If you're on the Red Line, go to HMart and buy some miso and kombu.

Make a "dashi" with kombu (basically boil water with a hunk of the appropriate seaweed). Add stuff (e.g. tofu, wakame, scallion (the classic Japanese restaurant fixings) or other stuff like daikon, eggplant, carrots, potatoes, pork ... okay don't use the pork) and cook until stuff is soft.

Let it cool and add miso to taste. (Don't add miso to boiling liquid, generally). Standard rules of adding a paste to liquid apply - it's easier if you mix a little liquid to a little miso paste to make a loose slurry before adding to the whole pot of dashi.

OR, if you're desperate or like chemicals that might give you headaches and other side-effects, just us MSG instead of bonito. Okay, don't do that either ... unless you're in a dorm and desperate.

http://www.justonecookbook.com/how-to-make-kombu-dashi-vegetarian-dashi/
https://gurunavi.com/en/japanfoodie/2016/09/kanto-food-vs-kansai-food.ht...
http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/miso-soup
http://www.justonecookbook.com/tonjiru/

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Ah. Thank goodness - I

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Ah. Thank goodness - I thought people were still worried about MSG. Getting old. :(

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Fear?

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No. Sensitivity? Yes. MSG doesn't work and play well with some people, and reacts with some medications.

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Another recipe source

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Take a look at Just Hungry. It is absolutely legit to make vegetarian dashi (although it should be noted, "vegetarian" != "throw in a bunch of vegetables" - vegetarian dashi is just made with straight up kombu).

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I know...

Hence the question. I guess specifically, I'd like recommendations for places which are good and have a vegetarian option because they are catering to people making that choice, rather than places which are cutting corners or cheaping out — although, really, since we are talking about an eleven-year-old, if it's then latter and they are consistent with it, that's at least useful information.

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There are Buddhist monks in

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There are Buddhist monks in Japan that have vegetarian miso soup. That's real too.

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Though ...

... to be fair, Buddhist monks in Japan who maintain a diet based on their devotion eat fish.

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Not true

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Yeah, real miso soup is not vegetarian.

Your preferred miso soup may not be vegetarian, but as a general statement, that's not true. Dashi made from just kombu is legit, as is niboshi dashi, dashi made with katsuobushi (which is probably what you're thinking of as "real" dashi", shiitake dashi, and who knows what all.

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brookline

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pretty sure FuGaKyu in Brookline has veg miso soup but i havent been in a few years so maybe call ahead?

Also, obvious answer is Grasshopper in Allston which is all-vegan.

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Come to JP! It's. it not on

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Come to JP! It's. it not on the red line, but we have good veggie food. JP seafood cafe has veggie miso. And super fusion sushi, also does. Both are on Centre st. The miso at JP seafood cafe, used to have fish flakes, but they stopped doing that earlier this year. It's vegetarian now.

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