I have a recipe that calls for barley miso. I don't find barley miso in the store but they do have about five other types. Can I substitute another one? which one? thanks

  • What type of food are you cooking? With that information we might be able to give you a better answer for your specific situation.
    – ESultanik
    Commented May 13, 2011 at 18:02

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Miso is (usually) just a flavouring agent, so you almost certainly can substitute any other type of miso. The flavour will of course be slightly different, but it is not going to ruin the recipe.

Barley miso that has been fermented for a long time is quite dark with a very strong flavour, so you may want to increase the amount of white miso or other miso to taste.

  • recipe is of a soup that uses wine and miso for most of it's flavor (from Friendly Foods by Ron Pickarski)
    – abe
    Commented May 13, 2011 at 18:10

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