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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Tonjiru - Japanese Pork Miso Soup





Hi folks, I'm back from our short family getaway to our Southern neighbour, Singapore.  We spent 5 nights there, had lots of yummy food and soaked up the Christmas festivities in perfect weather (cloudy and cool days with no rain). 




I thought I'd better squeeze in a few posts before we head off to Hong Kong again mid next week - the last of our year end holidays! (yes, I know, it's not year end, it's the first week of 2013, and hubby is missing the first week of work and little sonny is missing the first week of kindy.  Oops!)

Having wAAAAyy overeaten during the last few days, it's back to some simple, light and healthy meals.  This means lots of soups, steamed dishes and salads. 

One of my favourite quick cooking soup is Tonjiru.  It is comforting, nutritious and only takes about 15min to cook.  I learned about this soup while browsing through some back posts at Nami's wonderful blog.  It is now a regular item on our dinner menu, especially on days when I do not have time to cook long boil soups (like recovering from the aftermath of a holiday!) 



Tonjiru - Japanese Pork Miso Soup
Simplified from Just One Cookbook

  • 200g chicken thigh fillet, sliced thinly (the original version uses pork belly, but i didn't have, so just substituted with chicken)
  • 1 small carrot, diagonally sliced
  • 1 medium size leek, diagonally slied
  • Half a daikon, diagonally sliced
  • 1 pack of silken tofu, cut into cubes
  • 1 pack of straw mishrooms, rinsed
  • Fried fish paste, sliced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3 tbspn miso paste
  • 5 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1.  Heat up the oil and sesame oil, add in the chicken meat and the leeks and saute until the meat is just cooked.




2.  Pour the water into the pot, and add in the carrot, diakon and tofu cubes.  Bring to a boil, turn down the fire and let simmer for about 20 min.





3.  Add the straw mushroom and fish paste slices and continue to let it simmer for another 2 min.

4.  Gently stir in the miso paste, keep stirring until it is evenly mixed into the soup.  Adjust the taste with additional miso paste, salt and pepper.

5.  Turn off the fire and serve immediately.



18 comments:

  1. I love this too, can have it with a lot of rice. Happy New Year 2013 to you.

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  2. Esther, the soup looks very good! Sometimes I just have soup for dinner. I must try this Tonjiru soup :)

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    1. PH, if you like miso soup, you will like this :)

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  3. i think very soon miso will be an add on item to my pantry list! Happy holidays and happy eating!

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    1. haha Happy Eating indeed! too much actually ;P

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  4. Hi Esther, this is first time i visit your blog. You have a wonderful blog and i became your follower :) I like this miso soup,looks healthy ...

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    1. Thanks Esther :) You have a lovely blog too - love those pandan madeleines!

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  5. Hi Esther! Did you try the BKT when you were in Singapore?

    Thanks for sharing this easy but yummy soup recipe!

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    1. Hi Alvin, unfortunately no, didn't get a chance as we didn't have a car and are not familiar with new places, so we just stuck to the few places that we like.

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  6. Hi Esther, think my hubby will love this soup for all the ingredients in there. Myself I welcome the fuss free cooking [quick boil soup]. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Kimmy, yes, this is such an easy soup to make. Fuss free indeed.

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  7. I cook myself miso soup almost every second lunch. It's just so easy to use different combination of ingredients.

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    1. Hi Kelly yea, it is so versatile, can add almost so many ingredients to it!

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  8. Hi Esther! Tonjiru is a perfect miso soup for cold days and I think this is by far my favorite miso soup. It's much lighter with chicken and looks really good too! It'll be my time next and have to re-take my old picture... Thank you for giving it a try despite my horrible picture of the dish! xD Happy New Year!

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    1. Haha Nami, the picture on your blog is fine, but we are usually our own worst critic arent we? :p happy new year to you and your family too :)

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  9. Esther , this simple and filling soup is just what I need for these cold days here :D

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    1. Hi Ann, yea this is perfect for cold days, so easy and fast to make :)

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