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From a Chef's Kitchen! The Secret to Easy and Super Delicious Tonjiru (Pork Miso Soup)

From a Chef's Kitchen! The Secret to Easy and Super Delicious Tonjiru (Pork Miso Soup)

I learned this recipe from a friend of mine who is a professional chef!
It's simply amazing!!
Compare it to your regular pork soup and appreciate the difference!!!

Ingredients: 4 servings

Soup ingredients:
Pork belly (thinly sliced)
300 g
Burdock root
1
Konnyaku
1
Carrot
1
Daikon radish
1/3
Onion
1
Seasonings:
Sesame oil
2 tablespoons
Garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon
Ginger (grated)
1 1/2 teaspoon (or 3 cm tubed ginger)
Salt
1 tablespoon
Bonito dashi stock granules
1 tablespoon
Miso
to taste

Steps

1. Preparing the ingredients: Diagonally slice the burdock root and soak in water. Shred the konnyaku and parboil it. Slice the carrot and daikon into wedges. Chop the onion into bite-sized pieces.
2. This is the secret to this recipe! In a well-heated pan, heat some sesame oil, and add the burdock root. This will give the soup an amazing flavor.
3. Once they are fragrant and browned as shown, remove from heat.
4. Next up is the pork! Cook over high heat until fragrant.
5. Brown the pork like this! The pork should have produced a lot of fat.
6. Add the garlic and ginger to the flavor-rich fat, then after 10 seconds...
7. ...add all of the vegetables! Return the burdock root to the pan, too! Add the salt and bonito dashi, too. Cook over high heat.
8. Coat the vegetables in the pork fat until glossy...
9. ...then, add the konnyaku! Add a small amount of water to cook the vegetables. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
10. Once the vegetables are cooked, add just enough water to cover. About like this.
11. Scum will rise to the top, so lightly skim it from the surface--no need to be precise! Otherwise, you may remove the flavoring along with it.
12. Bring to a boil. Give it a taste! This is where you start looking forward to eating it!
13. To finish, dissolve in miso to taste.
14. It's done! Enjoy it while it's piping hot!
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16. Here is a recipe for chikuzen-ni (chicken and vegetable stew). It gives instructions how to prepare each vegetable, so check it out. Recipe ID: 2550832
17. For details on cooking with daikon radish, see this recipe. There's no need to parboil the daikon for tonjiru. Recipe ID: 2560435
18. How about serving it with this? Our family's hijiki has a slight twist. Recipe ID: 2365373
19. This kimpira also has a slight twist! To learn the secret...refer to the recipe! Recipe ID: 2529893
20. A classic healthy side dish! How about some simmered okara? Recipe ID: 2600373

Story Behind this Recipe

I learned this recipe from a friend of mine who is a professional chef.