Our Family Recipe for Pork Soup with Lots of Sesame

Our Family Recipe for Pork Soup with Lots of Sesame

Our family's tonjiru (pork soup) has lots of sesame seeds. If you add a generous amount of sesame seeds, the soup will have a wonderful nutty flavor.

Ingredients: 3 to 4 servings

a. Thinly sliced pork
100 g
a. Daikon radish
a. Carrot
a. Burdok root shavings
1 bag
a. Bean sprouts
1 pack
a. Firm tofu
1 block
a. Aburaage
Dashi stock
750 ml
Usukuchi soy sauce
5 ml
15 ml
50-60 g
Sesame oil (for stir frying)
1 tablespoon
Green onion
a small amount
Ground sesame seeds
a small amount


1. Prep the ingredients: Cut the pork into 3 cm pieces. Cut up all the a. ingredients so that they're the same size as the burdock root shavings. Pour boiling water over the aburaage and drain before cutting it up.
2. Put 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a pan and stir fry the a. ingredients. Add the dashi stock, sake and soy sauce and simmer over medium heat.
3. When it comes to a boil turn the heat down to low, and skim off the scum. Put on a lid and simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
4. Dissolve in the miso and mix well. Drizzle in some sesame oil to finish if you like, to make it even more fragrant.
5. Ladle into serving bowls, add plenty of ground sesame seeds and top with chopped green onion.

Story Behind this Recipe

Whenever I want to eat loooots of vegetables, I make this.