Hi, it’s Yuto (@sudachi.recipe) again.
Everyone knows or at least has heard of Miso soup, but have you ever heard of Tonjiru (or Butajiru) Miso Soup?
What is Tonjiru?
Tonjiru is a miso based soup made with pork and very very common within Japanese home cooking, my mum probably made a lot more Tonjiru Miso Soup than ordinary Miso Soup.
In Japanese, “ton” (豚) means pork and shiru (汁) means soup. These words come together to make Tonjiru which means ‘Pork Soup’, so pork is kind of a must item to have for the dish.
The reason this is such a popular home cooking dish is simple, it’s more filling.
What goes in Tonjiru?
While ordinary Miso Soup only contains a few ingredients, Tonjiru Miso Soup has so many more ingredients such as:
- Spring Onion
- Daikon radish
- Root vegetables
I can say this is one of the most homely dishes I can think of in Japan.
Enough talking, let’s get started! 🙂
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of miso?
There are 3 types of miso in Japan
- Shiro miso (White miso)
- Aka Miso (Red miso)
- Awase Miso (Mix)
The popularity really depends on the area, for example, I was born and grew up in Okazaki, where red miso is well known so when I think of miso, I think of Red miso, but it’s a different story elsewhere.
Can I replace white miso with red miso?
Yes, you can! Only thing you need to be aware is the colour of the dish will be different.Print