Miso soup of the day: Satsuma-jiru (chicken & vegetables)

There are two kinds of satsuma-jiru: one is Kagoshima’s and the other is Ehime’s. This one is a Kagoshima version – hot miso soup with chicken and vegetables.

Although the recipe is very similar to that of Tonjiru, its taste is quite different.

Ingredients: 250g chicken thigh, 10cm daikon radish, 2/3 carrot, 3 eddoes, 1/2 burdock root, 80g konnyaku, 5 dried shiitake, 1 namaage (fried tofu), miso paste, small portion of chives and ginger.


  1. Soak dried shiitake in cold water until soft. Then take out shiitake to slice. This water is to be used as dashi, so don’t throw it away.
  2. Peel all vegetables. Cut daikon radish and carrot in quarter-rounds. Cut eddoes and chicken in bite size pieces. Slice burdock root and konnyaku. Dice namaage.
  3. In a pot, add water, the water used to soak shiitake and the ingredients explained above (2). Cook until soft. Remove the scum.
  4. Add miso paste and turn off the heat.
  5. Serve in a bowl. Top with chopped chive and grated ginger.

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