*What is red miso?
A key ingredient in Japanese cooking, miso is basically a cultured mixture of four things—soybeans, grains (like rice or barley), salt and koji (a mold). That’s the short explanation. What you need to know is that this paste is fermented and packs a major salty, funky, umami punch. Red miso is a darker paste and has a more assertive, pungent flavor. It can be pretty intense if you’re not used to it, so start with a little at a time and work your way up.