Authentic Japanese Pork Miso Hot Pot Guide: Bring Tokyo Home

I’ve always believed that food isn’t just about taste; it’s a story, a journey, a hug in a bowl. Dive deep into my culinary adventures in Japan with this delectable Pork Miso Hot Pot. A blend of rich miso and tender pork, this dish is sure to whisk you away to a Japanese izakaya in the heart of Tokyo.

Pork Miso Hot Pot
A bubbling pot of warmth and love – the essence of pork miso hot pot.

Japanese Pork Miso Hot Pot Recipe



Authentic Japanese Pork Miso Hot Pot Guide: Bring Tokyo Home 1

Japanese Pork Miso Hot Pot

Delve into the soulful world of Japanese culinary art with this Pork Miso Hot Pot recipe. As you savor each bite, feel the harmony of flavors and the stories it tells. Loved it as much as I did? Share the joy with friends and family. Don't forget to subscribe for more heartwarming recipes directly from my kitchen to yours.
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Course: Main dishes
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: hot pot, miso, Pork Miso Hot Pot
CookingStyle: Boiling
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1634kcal
Author: Nazia Cooks
Cost: $40
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Ingredient List:

  • 1 pound of thinly sliced pork
  • 1 drained, chunk-cut 14-ounce tofu cube
  • 1 8.8-ounce block of crossways cut konnyaku (tropical potato)
  • 4 ounces lotus root, boiled
  • 1 carrot, small, sliced in thin rounds
  • 4 sliced cabbage leaves, Napa
  • 4 ounces of rinsed, drained garland chrysanthemum
  • 4 2”-sliced green onions

For the broth

  • 6 cups o water, filtered
  • 1 & 1⁄2 teaspoons of dashi
  • 1⁄2 cup of miso
  • Dipping sauces
  • Sesame sauce
  • Ponzu


  • Pour the water into fondue pot or hot pot. Bring to boil. Add the dashi. Combine 1 & 1⁄2 cups of stock + miso in a medium bowl. Whisk till miso dissolves. Pour the mixture back into pot.
  • Bring the broth to gentle boil. Add small amounts of carrots and tofu into the broth. Simmer for two to three minutes.
  • Add the vegetables. Continue cooking for a minute more. Ladle into individual bowls. Have you and family or friends dip the meat into broth to cook. Then dip the cooked food into the sauces and eat.



  • Choosing Your Miso: Not all misos are created equal. For this recipe, a rich red or mixed miso works wonders. If you’re keen on experimenting, why not try a white miso for a milder flavor? Love this tip? Share it with fellow food enthusiasts and subscribe for more.
  • The Perfect Simmer: Ensure that your pot simmers gently. A furious boil can toughen the pork and dissipate the delicate flavors of miso. Relished the taste of perfection? Don't forget to share the recipe and join our community for more insights.
  • Pork Selection: Opt for thinly sliced pork belly or shoulder. The marbling gives the dish its melt-in-the-mouth goodness. If you enjoyed the melt and magic, spread the love by sharing this recipe and keep those culinary flames alive with a subscription to our blog.
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Serving: 4servings | Calories: 1634kcal | Carbohydrates: 210g | Protein: 106g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 30773mg | Potassium: 1733mg | Fiber: 45g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 718IU | Calcium: 470mg | Iron: 21mg
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Alternative Preparation: Pork Miso Hot Pot using a Slow Cooker


  • Same as mentioned in the original recipe.


  • Preparation First: Begin as you would with the traditional method. Prepare your ingredients – thinly slice the pork, chop your vegetables, and have your miso paste ready.
  • Layering in the Slow Cooker: Start by placing the pork at the bottom of the slow cooker. This allows for the fats to render out slowly, infusing the entire dish with its rich flavor. Layer your vegetables on top.
  • Miso Broth: In a separate bowl, dissolve the miso paste in a small amount of hot water to ensure no lumps. Once you have a smooth consistency, mix it with the remaining water (or dashi if you’re using it) and pour this broth into the slow cooker.
  • Set and Forget: Cover your slow cooker and set it on ‘low.’ Let the magic happen over the next 6-8 hours. The slow melding of flavors under consistent, low heat will make the broth incredibly flavorful.
  • Final Touches: About 30 minutes before serving, check for seasonings. If you wish to add tofu or any delicate ingredients, now is the time. The idea is to let them soak just long enough to absorb the flavors without falling apart.
  • Serve: Once done, serve your Pork Miso Hot Pot directly from the slow cooker.

Cooking Tips for a Perfect Pork Miso Hot Pot

Pork Miso Hot Pot.
Each ingredient, meticulously chosen, bringing its own tale to the pot.

The art of Japanese hot pot is subtle and infused with centuries of culinary wisdom. As someone who’s spent countless hours perfecting this, here are a few tricks up my sleeve to help you achieve that heart-warming pot every single time.

  • Miso Matters: The miso paste is the star of this dish. Always opt for a high-quality miso, and remember, different varieties offer different flavors. White miso (Shiro) is milder, while the red miso (Aka) is robust.
  • Layering is Key: When placing ingredients in your pot or slow cooker, always put the meat at the bottom. This ensures its flavors permeate throughout the dish.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Especially with vegetables. You want them to retain a slight crunch. Add them according to their cooking time; hardy veggies like radish first and delicate ones like spinach last.
  • Be Watchful with Salt: Miso is naturally salty, and while it’s tempting to add more seasoning, refrain until the very end. Taste and adjust.

Serving Suggestions – Making Moments Memorable

Pork Miso Hot Pot
The golden hues of miso marrying the tender pork slices – a sight to behold.
  • Occasions: The Pork Miso Hot Pot, with its warming properties, is a winter favorite. Perfect for family gatherings, or a romantic dinner. Imagine snow falling outside, while inside, there’s laughter, warmth, and the comforting aroma of the hot pot.
  • Audience: Anyone! But especially those who appreciate deep, umami flavors. Kids? Make it slightly milder and see them gobble it up!
  • Complementary Sides: Steamed white rice, pickled vegetables, or a light cucumber salad can be great.
  • Beverages: A cold Asahi beer for a contrast or warm sake for an enhanced warm feel.
  • Plating: While traditionally served communal style, for a modern twist, serve individual portions in deep bowls. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions or sesame seeds for that gourmet touch.
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FAQs – All You Wanted to Know about Pork Miso Hot Pot

 Pork Miso Hot Pot
From raw to ravishing – the transformation of the pork miso hot pot.
  • Can I use another type of meat instead of pork?
    Absolutely. While pork offers a distinct flavor, feel free to swap it for chicken or beef. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Is it mandatory to use a slow cooker?Not at all. While the slow cooker offers a unique depth, the traditional stove-top method is equally delicious. Remember, it’s all about the love you pour in.
  • I’m vegetarian. Any suggestions?Substitute pork with firm tofu or an assortment of mushrooms. Use a vegetable broth instead of dashi and pick a vegetarian miso paste.
  • How spicy is this dish?The Pork Miso Hot Pot has a deep umami flavor with mild spiciness. However, you can always adjust the heat level to your liking.
  • Storing leftovers? If you’re lucky to have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 2-3 days. Reheat gently on the stove, avoiding a rigorous boil.
  • Looking to elevate your home cooking experience? Consider investing in a Japanese rice cooker. Not only does it cook perfect rice every time, but its advanced features also allow you to experiment with a variety of dishes, including the Pork Miso Hot Pot. With a Japanese rice cooker, you can enjoy the convenience of set-and-forget cooking while achieving delicious, restaurant-quality results. Explore the versatility of this appliance and discover a new world of culinary possibilities. Happy cooking!

Dive into the authentic flavors of Japan with our Pork Miso Hot Pot recipe. Unlock culinary secrets and elevate your dining experience. Explore now!

Hi! I'm Nazia of ‘Nazia Cooks’, a self-taught baker and cook residing in Chennai. Rooted in the rich South Indian culinary landscape, my palate has expanded to embrace global flavors. I revel in crafting fusion dishes, melding traditions to birth unique tastes.
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