Tonjiru simply means pork soup which includes a variety kind of vegetables and seasoned with miso. A hearty soup that is perfect to serve in a cold winter day. Tonjiru may not know very well outside Japan but in Japan it's very popular soup eaten throughout the year.
It commonly serves at home and a local restaurant where you pick the dish you like and pay accordingly. In most of supermarket, you can easily find ready-made cut vegetables of Tonjiru. This Tonjiru is simply delicious with a bowl of plain rice.
Ingredients (2-3 servings)
100g thinly slice pork belly
1 pack (250g) mixed vegetables for tonjiru ( Radish, carrot, konjac (konnyaku), and burdock root) Add additional vegetable like potato, shiitake mushroom, taro as you like.
1/3 pack of cotton tofu
1 tablespoon of miso
50ml Sake (Japanese cooking wine)
3 cups of dashi stock or water
Little chopped spring onion
|Ready-made cut vegetables|
|1. Heat the oil, stir fried thinly sliced pork quickly, and add Sake immediately.|
|2. Add remaining vegetables and stir it lightly.|
|3. Add Dashi stock or water and bring it to boil. When it gets boiled lower the heat and simmer it on a low heat for 10 minutes or until the vegetables is soft as you like. (ready-made vegetables is already pre-cooked)|
|4. Add tofu break by hand or cut it into a square, keep simmering it for a minute, add miso and turn off heat. ( Add more miso if using water instead of Dashi stock)|
|Sprinkle with chopped spring onion and the Tonjiru is ready to serve.|