Besides soy, miso can also be made from barley, rice, or other grains. These types of miso will vary slightly in color and taste, though can be used interchangeably in recipes. In general, the darker the color of the miso, the stronger the taste, so if you find the taste unpleasant, look for white or yellow miso rather than brown or barley miso.
Look for miso in Asian grocery stores or the refrigerator section of your local health food store.
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