TONJIRU (Pork Miso Soup)

Have you ever watched SHINYA SHOKUDO (Midnight Diner)? It's a Japanese Drama series. The story is about a small midnight diner in Tokyo and the stories of the customers.
I'm a big fan of that drama!

Last year, I was pregnant and have had bad morning sickness... I couldn't eat anything but cracker or orange juice.
It was a hard time for me. I lost my weight about 17lb for about 1 month.
I spent almost all the time in the bed. But, when I wasn't feeling so bad, I lay down on the sofa in living room and watched SHINYA SHOKUDO with my husband.

Shinya Shokudo has only one menu, TONJIRU! But If a customer willing to order something else, the master would cook as much as possible.

After I watched this Drama, I feel I would like to eat TONJIRU.
That  time, it was still early summer. TONJIRU is a winter soup though, my husband cooked it. And It was delicious!!!
So, This year, I cook TONJIRU many times already for my husband and my baby. Both of them loves TONJIRU. It's warm and nice Japanese comfort food.
I hope you like it too.

**Ingredients** 4 to 6 servings
1000ml (about 4 US cup)
1 tsp salad oil
150g (1/3 lb) sliced pork belly
1/2 gobo (burdock root)
1/2 carrot
2 inch daikon
2 satoimo (baby taro)
1 small sweet potato
1/2 leak
2 Shitake
1/3 block konnyaku (konjac)
1/2 block tofu
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp MIRIN
4 and 1/2 tbsp MISO
2 tsp sesame oil

1. Cut pork into bite-sized pieces.
2. Peel the Daikon and Carrot. Cut into quarter rounds.
3. Remove dirt from the burdock, Make a lengthwise  cross shape incision. Cut it with a knife as if you were sharpening pencil. Soak it in water about 5 minutes. Then rinse and drain the burdock.

4. Tear the block of konnyaku with your hands.

5. Slice Shitake.
6. Peel Satoimo and sweet potato. Cut into bite-size.
7. Slice leek.
8. Heat the salad oil in a large pot,  and fry the pork.
9. When the pork is cooked, Add the all vegetables and konnyaku. Stir together.

10. Pour water into a large pot.
11. When it starts to a boil, skim off the scum.

12. Tear the block of tofu with your hands, And add them.
13. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.
14. Dissolve the miso into the stock. And, Add soy sauce, MIRIN , sesame oil and grated ginger.

Ready to eat!!



  1. Replies
    1. I'm glad to know you like that Dram series too!!!
      Such a heart warming show♪




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