It seems like every other household in the US is using those little pods of pre-ground coffee, making it simple and easy to quickly brew single cups of everyone’s favorite morning pick-me-up. Now Japanese company, Marukome, has designed a similar machine that dispenses single bowls of hot miso soup at the touch of a button. Although not quite as easy to make as coffee, miso soup is part of a traditional Japanese breakfast and this new system could prove to be a godsend for early risers across Japan.
The product is named “One Shot,” a play on words incorporating wan, the word for a soup bowl, and the way “one” is pronounced in Japanese. The machine is able to make up to 75 bowls of miso soup and users are free to choose how strong of a miso flavor they would like. You can also purchase a variety of dehydrated vegetables and seafood to add to your miso soup for prices ranging from 980 to 1,480 yen (US$9.40 to $14.20).
▼ Clockwise from top left: Shijimi clams, collagen, vegetable, Italian, seaweed tofu, aburaage wakame seaweed, tofu wakame seaweed, green onion wakame seaweed.
The One Shot miso soup machine will go on sale at the end of January for 9,800 yen ($94). It’s fairly expensive for a machine that only does one thing, but to some, it’s a small price to pay for the perfect bowl of miso soup every morning.