Spicy Miso Paste with Chives and Leeks

Spicy Miso Paste with Chives and Leeks

This is a tasty and spicy preserved food that has detoxing properties and will boost your metabolism. It'll restore your energy and boost circulation. It's based on a condiment served at a Chinese restaurant.

Ingredients: Enough for an 8 x 10 cm jar [Fills 70% of the jar]

Chinese chives
1 bunch (around 120 g)
Minced Japanese leeks (or white leeks)
Half a bunch (about 40 g)
1 clove
● Roasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon
●Finely shaved bonito flakes (or finely grated bonito flakes)
1 tablespoon
●Doubanjiang ※to taste
1 tablespoon
●Tianmianjian (or mix 2 teaspoons miso and 1 teaspoon sugar)
1 tablespoon
● Awase miso
1 tablespoon
● Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
● Mirin
1 tablespoon
● Soy sauce
1 teaspoon
●Kombu tea (or dashi stock powder)
1 teaspoon
● Sugar
1 teaspoon


1. Sterilize the jar. For careful sterilization, boil the jar and lid. Or, to save time, simply wipe inside of jar and lid with alcohol, like I do.
2. To extend the shelf life, before mincing, carefully remove excess water from the thoroughly washed chives and leeks with a paper towel, and mince on a dried surface.
3. There's no need to cook the chives or leeks. Mince the garlic, and lightly grind sesame seeds with a mortar and pestle.
4. Mix together all ingredients marked ● until all the ingredients blend together. Add doubanjiang to taste.
5. Mix in the chives, leeks, and garlic, until the ingredients are evenly blended.
6. Transfer to the sterilized jar. This amount usually gets eaten up at one meal, so doubling the recipe guarantees enough for later use.
7. Freshly prepared, this paste has a sharp salty taste and the flavors will not be settled. It's best when used after 12 to 24 hours.
8. Use a sterilized spoon when serving and store in the refrigerator. We consume this within 2 weeks. After that much time, it's usually all eaten up!
9. It goes well with Chinese stir-fry dishes, seasoning for soup, or as topping on fresh vegetables. Try it with pot stickers or Chinese dumplings. Or, snack on it as a side dish with beer or sake.
10. When I tried it on freshly steamed rice, I was completely stuffed.

Story Behind this Recipe

I love the Chinese chive miso paste that is always out on the table at my local Chinese restaurant. So I tried to recreate it at home, relying on my taste buds. The restaurant's version is sweeter, but I made mine spicy. Adjust the amount of spice to suit your taste!