Thursday 23 June 2011


Chinese Corn & Pork Ribs Soup/Kinesiskesuppe med Majs og Svineribben/中式玉米排骨汤

Serves 4

Preparation & Cooking Time: 1 hour

° 2 corn cobs chopped into 3 pieces each
° 2 carrots cut into chunks
° 650g pork spare ribs (2 slabs)
° 2-3 litre water or vegetable stock
° 5-8 oyster mushrooms cut into slices (østershatte/牡蛎蘑菇) (Optional)
° ½ cup dried soy beans (Optional)
° A sprinkle of chives chopped (purløg/韭菜) (Optional)
° Salt & pepper to taste

1. Bring water and soy beans to boil on high.

2. Add corns and carrots, cover and simmer on low heat (no. 2.5 – 3 on my stove) for 1 hour, keeping it boiling gently.

3. Half way through cooking, add pork ribs and mushrooms and continue simmering with gentle boil. In this way, you won't overcook the pork ribs, and it retains its sweetness. And the sweetness will disperse into the soup.

4. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

5. Garnish with chives and serve

Pressure cooking method:
Add all ingredients, cover lid and once pressure cooker reaches pressure according to your cooker, let it cook for 5-7 minutes (for me: no. 2 setting on pressure cooker and no. 2 on stove) .

1. Sprinkle goji berries on top (Joshua loves it this way).

Nutritional Value:
Corn contains Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin C and Magnesium. It is low in fat, but high in dietary fibers.

Additional Information:
It's summer time in Denmark, and the season for corns. Growing up in Singapore, my mum sometimes made this soup for us. After boycotting almost all food, lately Joshua seems to be loving clear Chinse soup again. I was a bit stressed trying to make this soup for dinner this evening (20.6.2011) following this recipe just before leaving for business trip to Stockholm, as my Superstar would be home alone to take care of Joshua. Fortunately, it turned out great. I could leave for the airport in peace :-)

I didn't have to saute any onions. I used 3 litre of water and vegetable stock (water saved from cooking corns yesterday). I added the whole packet of oyster mushroom (125g) into the soup. It costed 20 DKK in Føtex. I will follow this recipe again. The soy beans are used as vegetable stock in the soup. We usually don't eat the beans.


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