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Miso is Japanese fermented soybean paste.  It looks like peanut butter and smells bad.  But don't let this put you off.  It adds an intense and savoury depth and complexity to many dishes.  

It is high in 'umami' - the fifth (and best) basic taste, after sweetness, saltiness, bitterness and sourness.  Other umami-rich foods are Parmesan, soy sauce, fish sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes and some meats.  They are all high in tasty glutamates (as in monosodium glutamate, which occurs naturally in seaweed and was isolated and developed as a food additive back in 1907).

It's good for you too, as it's very tasty, yet low in calories, and also full of protein, beneficial bacteria and B vitamins.

Black cod with miso

california, japan
It was fairly clear in the end:
Black cod: 9; Roast chicken: 6; Aubergine soup: 5; Squash soup: 2

Thanks for all the votes.  You were right about the squash soup - it's not quite as nice as the other dishes.  I'll send the recipes for the chicken and the aubergine soup another week.  The squash soup has obligingly resigned.  (Voting has gone pretty well over here in the US of A too.)

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