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Tonjiru is a simple Japanese soup/stew loaded with tender pork and vegetables in a savory miso broth. It's so easy and satisfying; it's a favorite in homes around Japan in winter.

Tonjiru (Japanese Pork Soup)

Tonjiru (豚汁 - also read as butajiru), is a Japanese pork soup loaded with vegetables, which makes it a hearty meal that's popular in homes around Japan during the cooler months of the year.
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword comfort food, stew, winter
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Pork
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 533kcal


  • 90 grams burdock
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 260 grams pork jowl (or other marbled cut, thinly sliced)
  • 150 grams daikon (peeled, quartered and sliced)
  • 100 grams taro (peeled halved and sliced)
  • 90 grams carrot (peeled halved and sliced)
  • 90 grams shiitake (cleaned and sliced)
  • 2 large scallions (stems and leaves chopped separately
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 200 grams shirataki noodles (roughly chopped)
  • 5 cups dashi
  • cup yellow miso
  • Shichimi togarashi (optional)


  • Prepare the burdock according to the directions above.
  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until hot. Add the oil and then spread it out into an even layer. Let this brown undisturbed for a minute or two. Stir the pork to redistribute and brown the other side.
  • Add the daikon, taro, carrot, shiitake and scallion stems and stir-fry until fragrant. Deglaze the pot with the mirin.
  • Use a skimmer or spoon to skim off any foam that floats to the surface and repeat until there is no more foam coming up.
  • Turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and then dissolve the miso into the soup. Simmer the pork soup uncovered until the vegetables and pork are tender (about 20-30 minutes).
  • Serve the Tonjiru garnished with scallion greens and shichimi togarashi.


Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1941mg | Potassium: 908mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3922IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 2mg