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Shiromiso Tonjiru (Pork and White Miso Soup)

This quick tonjiru (豚汁), or Japanese pork miso soup comes together in about 30 minutes and is seasoned with shiromiso, giving it a pleasantly sweet and rich creamy taste.

Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Pork
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 282 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 130 grams onions (about 1/2 medium onion, chopped)
  • 100 grams carrots (1 small carrot, cut into small cubes)
  • 60 grams burdock (see note below recipe)
  • 160 grams shirataki noodles (roughly chopped)
  • 250 grams pork shoulder (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 4 cups water
  • 250 grams potatoes (3 small potatoes cut into medium cubes)
  • 2/3 cup Saikyo white miso


  1. Heat a pot over medium-high heat until hot. add the oil and saute the onions, carrots, burdock and shirataki.
    Saute vegetables such as burdock, carrots and onions for making tonjiru
  2. Add the pork and stir-fry until until the pork is cooked through.
    Add pork and saute before adding water to make tonjiru.
  3. Add the sake and bring to a boil. Cook until the vapors no longer smell like alcohol.
  4. Add the water and potatoes and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the potatoes and carrots are tender (about 20 minutes).
    After simming for about 20 minutes, the Tonjiru is almost done.
  5. Turn down the heat and add the Saikyo miso, stirring well to ensure there are no clumps of miso left. Once the miso is added, do not let the soup boil or the miso will separate.
    Once the shiromiso has been added to the Tonjiru, don't let it. boil.
  6. Garnish the Tonjiru with scallions and serve with rice.


Shaving burdock (gobo) for tonjiru soup.

To prepare the burdock, fill a bowl with cold water and then add some lemon juice, vinegar, or citric acid. Soaking the burdock in acidic water keeps it from oxidizing and turning brown. Peel the burdock, and rub some of the acidic water on the surface. Use a knife to shave thin strips of burdock into the acidified water, turning the burdock a quarter turn with each stroke as if you're sharpening a pencil with a knife. Let the burdock soak until you are ready to use it, and then drain and rinse it before using.

Nutrition Facts
Shiromiso Tonjiru (Pork and White Miso Soup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 1776mg74%
Potassium 658mg19%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 4215IU84%
Vitamin C 11.8mg14%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.