Our Family Recipe For Warming Tonjiru Pork Soup

Our Family Recipe For Warming Tonjiru Pork Soup

Tonjiru (pork soup) with ginger is really warming and delicious! It's a real wintertime treat.

Ingredients: about 4 servings

Thinly sliced pork
about 100 g
Burdock root
Chinese cabbage
2~3 leaves
Bean sprouts
1/2 bag
Satoimo (taro root)
about 3
○ Miso
80 to 100 g
○ Sake
1 tablespoon
◆ Ginger
about 2 pieces
◆ The green or white part of a Japanese leek (or green onion)
To taste
Dashi stock (made from bonito flakes etc.)
about 700 ml


1. Wash the vegetables. Cut the pork into bite sized pieces.
2. Pull apart the konnyaku into small pieces with your hands. Put into a pot with water and being to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes and drain well. Finely shave the carrot and burdock root (as if you were sharpening a pencil). Divide the cabbage leaves into the core and leaf parts, and cut up into 2cm pieces.
3. Cup up the green or white part of a leek (or green onion) into thin rounds. Grate the ginger.
4. Put the dashi stock, burdock root, carrot and konnyaku into a pot and turn on the heat. Simmer until tender with a lid on.
5. Wash the satoimo well, put on a heatproof dish and sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of water. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes at 500w.
6. Cool the satoimo in cold water with the skins on. Peel them, pulling off the skins with a knife. Cut up the large ones into about 3 pieces.
7. When the carrot and burdock root are tender, add the core part of the cabbage and continue simmering.
8. After about 5 minutes add the pork while separating it. Also add the satoimo. Simmer until the pork is cooked.
9. This is homemade miso.
10. Turn off the heat and dissolve in the miso. Add the sake.
11. Add the leaf parts of the cabbage and the bean sprouts. Turn the heat back on.
12. When the vegetables have wilted, it's done. Ladle into serving bowls and add the ginger and leek or green onion on top. Enjoy while piping hot!

Story Behind this Recipe

Please try this with your own recipe for pork soup.
The ginger is really good!

Whenever I made miso soup at home, I always like to add ginger. Also, I usually prefer to add the white part of a leek or green onion to pork soup, but this time I only had the green part so...