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Friday, September 21, 2012

Tonjiru (Japanese Pork Miso Soup) 豬肉味噌湯~深夜食堂

After i cooked the Japanese Chicken Karaage 炸鸡块 which i was inspired by a Japanese drama 深夜食堂 (Midnight Canteen) , this time I try with the main dish Tonjiru (Japanese Pork Miso Soup) 豬肉味噌湯. In this show, this is a main dish that selling in this midnight canteen, you will see the main actor cooking this dish at the begining of every episode.

Also i want to use this claypot which i brought back from the recent Osaka trip. I have been looking for a claypot with this pattern for longer time. I was so happy when i chanced upon this claypot in Osaka ( i will share where to get this claypot in my travel Japan post later).


This is also 1st time i tried this healthy vegetable root -Gobo (burdock root) 牛蒡..Bought one at Jusco (RM 2.50) and can made into 3 dishes, cheap and versatile!



I use an easy way to prepare dashi stock, cook with store-bought dashi packs..

dashi stock
 miso pork soup

My family like the normal miso soup (tofu and wakeme), but after trying this pork miso soup, we prefer this soup now, simply oishi !

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I omitted Konnyaku (konjac) because i could not find it here, but i think Isetan should have this item..As for how to cut the vegetables, you can refer to the cutting techniques page in Nami@ Just One Cookbook, she has very clear explaination and pictures.

Tonjiru (Japanese Pork Miso Soup)
(recipe source: largely adapted from Just One Cookbook, and from深夜食堂,with minor changes)

7 cups dashi stock
IMG_8085 copy 1tsp sesame oil +1tbsp cooking oil

250g pork belly, sliced thinly
1/2 onion,sliced
2 inch white radish/ daikon, sliced thinly
1/3 Gobo (burdock root) , cutting like bamboo method
100g Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
1 small carrot, sliced
1 small leek, sliced
1/2 Tofu, cut into ½ inch cubicles

3tbsp miso or to taste

1. Prepare dashi stock (homemade or boil with 2 dashi packets), set aside.
2. In a claypot or pot, heat sesame oil and cooking oil, sauté onion till aroma, add in belly pork slices, stir fry till color changed.
3. Add in all vegetables and dashi stock, simmer over medium low heat for about 20mins.
4. Turn to low heat and make sure soup is not boiling, add miso paste in a ladle, use chopsticks to stir miso paste with soup till miso dissolved in the soup completely.
5. Add in tofu pieces and gently mix well.
6. When you are ready to eat, reheat the miso soup on medium high heat. And please remember: NEVER LET THE SOUP BOIL because miso will lose flavor.

This is the way how to dissolve miso paste in the soup..At this stage, soup should not boiling, as it will lose miso flavor..

We were enjoyed this soup with our favourite grilled saba fish. I quite often cook Japanese meal for dinner.



Mel said...

I loves miso soup very much!! It must be satisfying sipping one big bowl of soup during rainy days! I see lots of vege and tofu in the soup which is my favourites! Can I come over for dinner?

sabrina 莎莎 said...

thx ur sharing~~~ i must try to cook tis...=) i m always add some miso whn i cook vegetables soup with ikan bilis... now i can try another dish~~~ haha!!! thx ya~~ yummy~~!!!!

Bakeling said...

Please prepare one more set of chopstick and spoon there !

Simple Person said...

now i know how to make tonjiru

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I really like Japanese food and my husband cook them better than I do. We have one Japanese cooking day every week now. Your watermark is very cute :).

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

I love this very hearty looking soup! I typically just cook burdock with some herbs, but its a great idea to add more vegetables as well...

PH said...

I like this soup. Can have it by itself as a complete meal if you want to avoid carbo. I didn't know that miso lose flavor if boiled.

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Angel @ Cook.Bake.Love said...

I also download this drama to watch, the food really very attractive, esp this soup. Urs look equally good.

Rice Bowl Tales 有碗話碗 said...

I loved the programme, so inspiring! So is your pork-miso soup!! What can be more satisfying then a warm bowl of tasty pork soup like this in a cool Autumn day. Loved also your clay pot too ;p

daphne said...

Thanks for the recipe! You know how much I like my soups so this is going to be my to do list!

Li Shuan said...

oooo... this really looks good....I keep imagine the flavor when I read thru the recipe. Yum yum... Satu mangkuk taokeh neow!

Alice said...

such a hearty dish, Sonia
i love this :)

Artsylicious said...

Sonia, your family is so blessed to have you! such capable mom/wife to prepare all the delicious meal!

mayck-law. Blogspot.com said...

This is nice, but i don't eat pork..

divya said...

Super delish...love it!!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I am so happy you liked Tonjiru and I don't know why this dish is not well known or popular outside of Japan (can hardly see any restaurant serving this over here). There are meat, veggies, and tofu...great stuff. I make tonjiru once a week in fall/winter time and I usually pour it into donburi bowl (hahahaha). I get full by the liquid and ingredients and I can sort of skip on carb (rice). Great to hear you found gobo and yes, Isetan should have konnyaku. It's one of basic ingredient we use for cooking. And I see you have dashi pack too. I sometimes wonder if my readers can find dashi pack, it was good to know. :) And thank you so much for your kind mention for that page. I need to update that page soon... :) Have a great weekend!

Sharon @ Feats of Feasts said...

What a coincidence, i oso just made this soup, of course it's more simplified and less ingredients compared to your's but i agree, it's an awesome soup!!! And i love your claypot. so pretty!

Kelly Siew said...

That looks like the ultimate comfort soup. Never thought of using Pork in the miso soup. I must try this next time!

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

I like your last picture very much, feel like having a good Jap meal in a Jap restaurant. Sonia, to be frankly, it was only yesterday I was thinking about your dishes from this Midnight Canteen. I was thinking when will Sonia post her next recipe, then your post pop out! The type of claypot comes in 2 types which I can see here; the cheap one(Daiso standard) & the very expensive one. I've got a Daiso claypot at home, not using for cooking but merely to display my Asian cookings, hahaha & not willing to spend on an expensive one(over aud$30 for one). SOmehow, in the past, I bought 1 for about aud$15, the instruction is always ask to boil congee(or alternatively barley) first b4 you use in cooking. I think I did follow the instruction but after a while, it cracked so I don't buy anymore for cooking. I'm not cook in handling fragile pieces like this.

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Elin said...

Sonia ..... I must try this soup . Looks delish! I have one claypot like yours. Same design ;) have a nice day!

Angelic Heart~ said...

nice pot with good soup!
Love the vegetables u used for the soap~

ann low said...

Love this hearty soup. I definitely love to have this soup with rice, don't have to cook other dish lol!

Baby Sumo said...

What a lovely complete meal! I've never seen burdock before, must look out for it next time I go Jusco also. I like to eat pickled burdock.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Lately I'm also very much into Jap cooking. I have to say your soup has won my heart! I think I will love it very much, considering i love Jap food! Have you tried the recipes from MASA? I love his recipes! Think I'll make this soup next week, yums!

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Veronica said...

What a mouth-watering pot of soup! Perfect for a chilly day. Just add some noodles in it and it will be a dish by itself. By the way, what is burdock root and how does it taste like?

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

This soup looks really good, and the pork belly must have added tonnes of flavour to it too. Can't wait to make this!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Veronica, burdock has mild ginseng aoma, i used the balance root cook with chicken soup , add some red dates, wolfberries and Yok chok, it become like a tasty chicken ginseng soup.

Jane Chew said...

thanks for sharing. I will cook this tomorrow as i have everything in my fridge. sure taste really good!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Sonia, Did you hear your door bell ringing? It's me!! hahaha

missyblurkit said...

Okies...this is going into our menu for tonight's Japanese dinner. I normally make my own dashi and keep them in the freezer.

Esther@thefussfreechef said...

I love this kind of soup, with lotsa vegetable, some meat and miso flavour. Definitely have to make this soon, thanks for sharing. Didnt know miso los its flavour when boiled. I always boil it hahaha.

lena said...

you know, i hvnt tried cooking with miso, one day i must try that! thanks on the miso tip.

mui mui said...

This soup sounds so mouthwatering. I never cook this kind of soup before. Thanks so much for sharing it!
Between may I know where to download this drama 'Midnight Canteen' ?
Thanks again:)

CQUEK said...

The miso soup is bomb!

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