If you love miso you will love this even better, it’s like a loaded version of miso soup -with thinly sliced pork, tofu, mushrooms and vegetable it has everything sorted for you. Tonjiru (豚汁,とんじる?) or Butajiru (豚汁,ぶたじる?) is what they call this in Japan and it came from the Chinese character (豚) which means pig, it can be pronounced as “buta” or as “ton” in Japanese hence the name. Butajiru name is more popular in Western Japan and Hokkaidō, while tonjiru is popular on the East.
Apart from the key ingredients I mentioned above this soup dish can also contain any or all of the following burdock root, konjac, seaweed, aburaage and root crops such as taro and/or sweet potatoes. I can’t get enough of this dish especially now that is cold and wet here in Auckland, it is the perfect comfort meal.