Watercress Miso Pork Soup

January 7, 2022 / By Foodland

Watercress Miso Pork Soup

“This is a new take on the classic Pork Watercress Soup many of us grew up eating here in Hawai‘i. Offering a miso broth, pork watercress meatballs, shiitake mushrooms, and fresh watercress, this dish is perfect for those days you want a quick, comforting soup.”
- Chef Christopher Fujimoto, Sumida Farm
Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Pork
Servings 6 Servings


  • 1 bunch watercress(leaves cut into 1"-2" pieces for soup and 1/3 cup minced stems for meatballs)
  • 10 medium-large dried whole shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons hondashi powder(reserved for soup)
  • 2 teaspoons hondashi powder(reserved for pork meatballs)
  • 0.25 cup Miso Paste(reserved for soup)
  • 1 tablespoon Miso Paste(reserved for meatballs)
  • 0.25 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • Shoyu, to taste


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, add shiitake mushrooms and water to cover mushrooms. Place a wet paper towel on top of the bowl and microwave for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are slightly soft. Trim the stems (leave on if desired) and cut mushrooms into thin slices. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add ground pork, 1 tbsp. miso, 2 tsp. hondashi and ¼ tsp black pepper. Add minced watercress stems and mix to combine. Reserve the tender leafy parts of the watercress for the soup. Set mixture aside to chill in the refrigerator. 
  3. In a medium or large size pot, bring water to a boil. Add 2 tbsp. hondashi and ¼ cup miso and stir until dissolved. Reduce to medium-high heat and add shiitake mushrooms. Continue to cook for 7-10 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender. 
  4. Measure 1 tbsp. of the pork mixture and form into meatballs. Add meatballs to the soup and allow to fully cook, about 3-4 minutes. 
  5. Cut the remaining watercress into 1” – 2” length pieces and add to soup 1-2 minutes before serving. Adding the watercress too early dulls the color and takes away their peppery bite.
  6. Serve warm with rice or just the soup alone. 


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