Updated: January 25, 2019
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Butajiru / Tonjiru - Japanese Pork Miso Soup Recipe

Here is a simple, authentic Japanse recipe for butajiru / tonjiru, a kind of pork-based Japanese miso soup.

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Butajiru / Tonjiru, A Japanese Comfort Food

Miso soup in Japan is perhaps one of the most popular side dishes because it goes well with virtually every type of Japanese cuisine. It's delicious to have with high-end sushi as well as a simple beef bowl served at a fast food restaurants.

The simple miso soup with tofu and wakame is not the only thing that is popular in Japan though! In fact, you can power it up by making a butajiru (also called tonjiru) by adding pork and other ingredients. The extra umami that comes from the meat makes the butajiru one of the ultimate comfort foods in Japan. It's a hearty soup yet is pretty healthy too. You should definitely give it a try.

Butajiru / Tonjiru Recipe

This is a simple recipe for butajiiru. You don't need to have all the ingredients to make it, but having at least miso, pork and dashi stock is essential.


Thinly sliced pork belly meat (100g)
Potatoes (2 medium sized ones)
Daikon radish (about 1/4th)
Carrot (1 medium)
Burdock roots (optional; hard to find outside of Japan, but if you have some, throw some in!)
Miso (3 to 4 tablespoons)
Green onions finely chopped (to your liking)
Oil (to cook)
Water (300ml)


1) Chop every ingredient to bite-sized pieces.
2) Add oil to a pot and start by cooking the pieces of pork. Once they're cooked, add the other ingredients and cook them a short while with a little more oil.
3) Add the water, dashi* and miso to the pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10-minutes.

*Dashi is basically meat, fish, seaweed, vegetable or mushroom soup stock. It is used abundantly in Japanese cuisine to give foods a deep umami taste. You can find it in liquid or powder form or just make it yourself. If you don't have Japanese-style dashi, just use any kind of basic soup stock you can find at your local supermarket (chicken, beef, vegetables will do). See the link below for more information on dashi.
So there you have it, a delicious butajiru Japanese soup! Enjoy it with a simple bowl of rice or have it with any other kind of Japanese cuisine.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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