Alternative namesTonjiru
Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsPork, vegetables, miso

Butajiru or tonjiru (豚汁, "pork soup")  is a Japanese soup made with pork and vegetables, flavoured with miso.[1][2] It is a more substantial version of miso soup, with a larger quantity and variety of ingredients.

Common ingredients

Butajiru is usually made by stewing thinly sliced pieces of pork, alongside vegetables, in dashi stock, and flavoured by dissolving miso.[2]

Common additional ingredients include burdock root, konjac, seaweed, spring onions, daikon radish, carrot, tofu including fried tofu (aburaage), tubers such as potatoes, taro or sweet potato, and mushrooms such as shiitake and shimeji.[2]

On rare occasions, mildly degreased (not crispy) bacon can be used in place of pork. Instant butajiru is also available.


The Japanese character for pig (豚) can be pronounced either as "buta" or as "ton" in Japanese. The name butajiru is said to be dominant in Western Japan and Hokkaidō, while the name tonjiru is said to be more common in Eastern Japan.

A version of the dish, containing sweet potatoes, as served to skiers in the ski resorts of Niigata Prefecture up until about 1960, is known as sukii-jiru ("skiing-soup").


  1. ^ "Butajiru | Traditional Soup From Japan | TasteAtlas". www.tasteatlas.com. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  2. ^ a b c Tadashi Ono, Harris Salat. Japanese Hot Pots: Comforting One-Pot Meals (2009) 160 pag. ISBN 158008981X, ISBN 9781580089814