Pork Soup with Sake Lees

Pork Soup with Sake Lees

If you have sake lees on hand, give this a try! You can make this a pork soup with sake lees, or a sake lees soup with miso - either way it will be a hearty and filling soup.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Sweet potato
150 g
Daikon radish
150 g
100 g
Burdock root
Thinly sliced pork belly
100 g
Shimeji or other mushrooms
if you have some
50 g
Sake lees
100 g
Dashi stock granules
about 1 teaspoon
1000 ml
Usukuchi soy sauce
1 teaspoon
Green onion (topping)
if you have some


1. Cut the daikon and carrot into 2-3 cm long rectangles. Cut up the konnyaku in the same way.
2. Finely shave the burdock root and soak in a bowl of water. Shred the shimeji mushrooms.
3. Slice the sweet potato into 5- 10 mm thick pieces and cut the big slices in half. Chop up the pork.
4. Put the water in a pan and add the dashi stock granules, daikon radish, carrot, burdock root and konnyaku. Turn on the heat. When it comes to a boil, add the pork.
5. Simmer while skimming off the scum occasionally until the vegetables are tender. In the meantime, chop up the sake lees roughly and warm in the microwave.
6. When everything is cooked through, add the sweet potato and shimeji mushrooms.
7. Add the sake lees. Simmer until the sweet potato is tender, stirring occasionally.
8. Add the miso while tasting. Finish by adding the usukuchi soy sauce.
9. If you want to make this a sake lees soup without miso, make it with 150 g of sake lees and season with salt and soy sauce.
10. Add anythin you'd like, such as salmon offcuts, taro root, turnip, etc.

Story Behind this Recipe

My children didn't like sake lees, but they loved this soup seasoned with plenty of miso. Now the children prefer this over other types of soup.
The pork soup that I grew up on always had sweet potatoes and sake lees. My grandmother always called it pork soup, but I always thought it was really sake lees soup.