Osuimono is a clear soup in Japanese cuisine that is most often eaten in restaurants, while miso soup, which is the other basic Japanese soup, is more frequently eaten at home. Osuimono is made from water, dashi, soy sauce and sake, although other ingredients may also be used.
Osuimono is a light soup that should not be overburdened with ingredients. A common mistake is using too much soy sauce or excess salt in its preparation. Soup is a vital component of Japanese cuisine. All set course meals are accompanied by soup and a bowl of white rice. In meals that have several courses, soup and rice are served at the end.