‘Butajiru’ is a type of Miso Soup with Pork in it. It is a very popular dish. ‘Butajiru’ usually contains Satoimo (Taro) and Konnyaku (Konjac) and Gobo (Burdock Root). Some Asian Grocery stores sell them but it might be difficult for you to find them. Even without them, this soup is quite delicious. The ingredients listed are suggestions. You can add whatever you have. Even Pork can be replaced by Beef or Chicken.
3 cups Dashi Stock OR Water *Water is actually fine for this soup
200g Pork *thinly sliced
2 to 3 Satoimo (small Taros) OR 1 Potato
2 to 3 Shiitake
150g Konnyaku (Konjac) *optional
10cm Gobo *optional
3 to 4 tablespoons Miso
2 to 3 Spring Onion *finely chopped
Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Powder) *optional
- Prepare the Vegetables and Pork. Slice Pork thinly, and cut Vegetables and Tofu into small bite-size pieces.
- Heat Dashi Stock (OR Water) and Vegetables in a pot, and cook on the medium heat until Vegetables are soft. Add thinly sliced Pork.
- When Pork is cooked, add Miso, then add Tofu. Remove the soup from the heat just before it starts to boil.
- Sprinkle finely chopped spring onions, and serve.
*Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Powder) is also recommended to add extra flavour.