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I am an IT technician, participate in many projects, some HTML work, and reading a lot. I also contribute articles to IT magazines about Open Source Software as a core member of Japan Apache Users Group. I've been in computer related fields from 1978. starting in college, nuclear physics major, I had to take a class in FORTRAN and that was it, I was hooked on the machines. I started working first as an application programmar at a system development
company. Then moved on to a system integration company, and specializing in data communication, small & mid size systems. I run a small intranet at home, a router, Windows Servers, Windows Desktops and CentOS Linux . The Linux runs DNS, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and POP3 making it nice for software testing and development.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tonjiru for Cold Nights

I want to eat Tonjiru at cold night. Tonjiru is a kind of Japanese miso soup with pork and lots of vegetables. Ton means pork in Japanese.

You can see the ingredients I used below but again, feel free to mix and match as you please. Mushrooms wouldn’t be a miss here either – use some fresh shitake or enoki. The recipe is very easy and dinner was on the table in about half an hour. It’s ridiculously comforting with the pork giving a rich flavour to the soup. It’s also very healthy what with all the vegetables in there!

serves 3-4

200g pork, not too lean – I used a pork chop
1 small carrot, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
1 small potato, cleaned and cut into bite-sized chunks
3-4 inch length of daikon, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
half a leek, sliced
3-4 inch chunk of lotus root, sliced and cut in half if too large
3-4 inch piece of burdock (gobo), sliced thinly
a medium sized chunk of firm tofu, cut into bite-sized cubes
2 tbsps sunflower oil
dashi (I used water and dashi powder)
red miso
2 spring onions, finely sliced
Soak the sliced burdock in water for 5 minutes. Slice the pork into thin strips and cut up all the vegetables.

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the oil. Saute the pork until just cooked and then add all the vegetables, except the spring onions. Saute for another minute or two and add enough water to cover (or more if you like soup!). I used 4 cups of water. Bring it all to a boil and then turn down the heat and let it all simmer for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

For each cup of water that was added, you’ll want to use about 1 tbsp of miso paste – so, 4 tbsps was how much I used. Dissolve the miso paste into the hot soup – take care not to boil the soup after adding the miso. Sprinkle with the spring onions and serve with white rice.

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