Pork Miso Soup “Ton-Jiru”
My favorite soup to warm my Kitchen and stomach!
Today’s breakfast : cooked rice, miso soup (Ton-Jiru), fried fish cake with lotus root and green pea, simmered turnip, pickled napa cabbage.
Who and where call “Ton-Jiru” or “Buta-Jiru”? It seems percentage nearly half and half in Japan, depend on the region and the family. Although food culture of Japan are often divided in the east (Kanto) and west (Kansai), this difference does not apply to the rule. It’s interesting.
Ton-Jiru is needed plenty of ingredients to taste good.
Basic ingredients are sliced pork ribs, daikon radish, carrot, konjac, burdock root, shiitake mushroom, abura-age, Japanese taro, tofu.
In my favorite recipe the essentials (pork is needless to say) as below : burdock, konjac, daikon radish, carrot.
Finely chopped green onion and “Shichimi” mixed spice if desired.
・Ton-Jiru / Buta-Jiru
is a pork miso soup with a plenty of vegetables. It is called “Ton-Jiru” or “Buta-Jiru” although written the same in Kanji. 豚汁（とんじる / ぶたじる） literally “pork soup”
・Shichimi / Shichimi-Togarashi
is a mixed spice with red pepper and six other spices. 七味唐辛子（しちみとうがらし） literally “seven taste Chinese hot child”