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Tonjiru Recipe, Miso Soup with Meat and Vegetables (Video)

Tonjiru, a very popular Japanese recipe. With its thin slices of pork and vegetables, this miso soup will become one of your favorites.

With the cold weather, ramen and soup season arrives. So, few recipes seem as appropriate to me as this delicious tonjiru soup with pork and vegetables. Who dares to try it?


Miso soup has a history that dates back centuries and has been a staple in the Japanese diet since ancient times. Its consumption is believed to have spread from China to Japan more than a thousand years ago.

It is made with miso, an essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine. It is made from the fermentation process of salt soybeans, barley and/or rice. Start by steaming the soybeans. To this is added sea salt and kōji which, as we have seen in the sake section (page 19), is the fungus aspergillus oryzae grown in rice.

Finally, it is left to ferment in covered containers for several months. During this time, the miso ferments and releases a protein-rich liquid called tamari. This by-product of miso processing is one of the types of soy sauce.

Types of Miso

Although there are hundreds of varieties of miso, the 3 most common types are:

  • Shiro miso (白味噌). It is made with a lower percentage of soybeans and a higher concentration of kōji. Known as white miso, this miso has a short fermentation period. Its flavor is described as sweet and mild, making it perfect for soups, marinades and dressings.
  • Aka miso (赤味噌). It is the miso with the longest fermentation time which gives it a more concentrated flavor. This reddish miso is made with a higher proportion of fermented soybeans than white or yellow miso. Its intense flavor helps to give depth to stews and hearty dishes.
  • Awase miso (合わせ味噌). It is a miso mixture of two or more types of miso. It is common to find mixtures of shiro miso and aka miso, giving it the delicate flavor of white and the potency of red. This is a versatile and popular miso in Japanese cuisine.

Tojiru, the miso soup with pork and vegetables.

One of the most popular soups in Japan is miso soup. One of the most popular soups is tofu and seaweed soups.

However, there are a thousand and one variations of this popular soup and one of my favorites, the Tonjiru, the miso soup with pork and vegetables.

Tonjiru - a tasty Japanese pork and vegetable miso soup - homemade tonjiru recipe

What ingredients are in tonjiru soup?

For this recipe we will need pork cut very thin. You can opt for pork belly or marlin.

You can get it by asking your trusted butcher to prepare it for you and cut it very thin, as if it were for carpaccio.

In addition to pork, this soup has carrots, radish, and potatoes. But you can also prepare it with gobo, cabbage, shiitake mushrooms,… whatever you fancy the most.

Tonjiru - una sabrosa sopa miso japonesa de cerdo y verduras - receta casera de tonjiru
Cómo hacer tonjiru: sopa miso con cerdo y verduras
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Tonjiru, una receta muy popular Japón. Con sus finas lonchas de cerdo y verduras, esta sopa miso se convertirá en una de tus favoritas.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Accompaniment, Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Pork | Pork, Vegetables | Vegetables
Cooking method: Olla
Servings: 2
Calories: 232kcal

Recipe Equipment

  • Cuchillo
  • Olla


  • 150 g cerdo
  • 60 g rábano
  • 100 g zanahoria
  • 100 g patatas
  • 2 cebolletas
  • 600 ml dashi
  • 1 cda. miso


  • Empezamos preparando las verduras. Pelamos la zanahoria, la patata y el rábano y lo cortamos al estilo juliana (como si fueran cerillas), reservamos. 
  • Cortamos la cebolleta a rodajas y reservamos.
  • En una olla, añadimos un poco de aceite. Añadimos la carne de cerdo.
  • Cuando esta este cocida, añadimos las verduras, y salteamos durante unos 5 minutos.
  • Añadimos el dashi y lo dejamos cocinar unos 10 a 15 minutos hasta que las verduras hayan quedado bien tiernas.
  • Pasado ese tiempo, apagamos el fuego. Añadimos la cebolleta y, seguidamente el miso.  
  • Y ya esta, ¡removemos bien y a comer!



Calorias: 232kcal | Carbohidratos: 19g | Proteina: 23g | Grasa: 7g | Grasas saturadas: 2g | Grasa transgenicas: 1g | Colesterol: 45mg | Sodio: 1365mg | Potasio: 1002mg | Fibra: 4g | Azúcar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8493IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3mg
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