Don't you love going to Japanese restaurants and starting off with a steaming bowl of miso soup?
I think many people (including me) get intimidated by Asian foods because they are not familiar with the ingredients, but this soup is actually very easy to make. It does involve a couple of ingredients that might not be available at your local grocery store, but don't get scared! I found this website that gives a great basic overview of the two less-familiar ingredients needed for miso soup: dashi stock (the Japanese version of chicken stock) and miso paste. The recipe I linked to also includes wakame, or dried seaweed, but you don't have to use that (I prefer my miso soup without seaweed).
Let me know if you give it a shot and how it turned out!