Where would Japanese cuisine be without miso? This salty fermented bean paste forms the base of so many soups, sauces and marinades. Every region in Japan has its own special recipe.
You can sample them all — from sweet and smooth Saikyo Miso to dark and brooding Hatcho Miso — at Tokyo’s Sano Miso (Kameido 1-35-8, Koto-ku, Tokyo, +81 03 3685 6111).
We hear it’s the best miso shop in town.