Herbal Pork Soup

by | May 22, 2009 | Confinement Soups, Fall Soups | 1 comment

Soup Name

Herbal Pork Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:  

清豬骨湯 (qīng zhū gǔ tāng) 

Although the name stipulates a clear pork bone broth, it is in fact, a herbal pork based soup.  It is clear and brothy and can serve as a good base for addition of vegetables to richen the soup and make it more hearty.  The greatest thing about this soup is that all the ingredients are readily available in your fridge/freezer if you stock up on it.  The ingredients don’t need to be fresh, so you can whip up this soup during rainy, typhoon stricten days where getting out of the house is impossible.  This neutral soup is sweet to taste and is very moisturizing to the body.

You’ll find many variations of the Pork Herbal Chinese Soup available as it’s a very common soup base.  You can scroll below to find some suggestions.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 2 hours and 30 mins

Total time: 2 hours 40 mins

Serves: 4 bowls


Cooking Instructions

  1. Pre-marinate the pork overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  2. Soak all the other ingredients in water for 10-15 minutes in cool water
  3. Begin boiling your soup water
  4. Blanch the pork in a separate pot of boiling water
  5. Add all the ingredients to boiling water
  6. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes
  7. Reduce to a simmer for at least 2 hours
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

      • This neutral soup is ideal for all drinkers
      • Helps add moisture back to the body
      • Great for dryer months of the year

Any precautions?

      • Be sure to blanch your meats to remove debris, insoluble proteins, blood, and bone bits

      • Buy herbal ingredients from reputable sources


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