Corn, Pumpkin and Carrots in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Corn, Pumpkin and Carrots in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 玉米南瓜蘿蔔湯 (yù mǐ nán guā hóng luóbo tāng)

Another variation of vegetable pork broth.  The beauty of pork broth and natural vegetables is the different types of soups you can make based on seasonality and availability of various vegetables.  I like orange veggies because of their intensity of beta-carotene and it eats like a meal.  Just another great soup that is naturally sweet and perfect for the whole family.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank
3 large carrots
2 fresh corn
1/2 fresh Japanese pumpkin

1 teaspoon of salt (for marinating pork)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Marinate pork in salt overnight (to expel the fire in the pork)
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. In a separate pot, boil water to blanch your pork
  4. Wash and chop all ingredients (pumpkin is both OK with or without skin)
  5. When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes, reduce to a medium boil for another 1 hour
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Soup extremely high in Vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene
  • 100% natural ingredients ideal for children and pregnancies

Any precautions?

  • None!

Chinese Radish with Carrots in Pork Broth

Soup Name:  
Chinese Radish with Carrots in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 青紅蘿蔔湯 (qing hóng luóbo tāng)


This is a very common soup made in Chinese households.  The combination of Chinese radish and carrots makes the soup very sweet and the Chinese radish has a particular taste when boiled (especially green ones).  With its minimalist ingredient list, it is ideal for children.

What Ingredients are required?

2-3 litres of water
1 tsp of salt to marinate your meat (optional)

How do I prepare it?


  1. Pre-marinate the pork bones overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)


  2. Start boiling your water soup
  3. In a separate pot, blanch the pork shank and strain it to remove any dirt and debris from the blanching
  4. Wash all the vegetables
  5. Peel and cut into large cubes the carrots and Chinese radishes
  6. Add everything into the boiling water of your soup
  7. Boil together for at least 30 minutes and then can reduce to a mild simmer for another 1-2 hours.

 Any benefits?

  • Excellent low calorie soup with high dietary fiber.
  • It is mild enough for children and extremely easy to make.
  • Great to assist with digestion and upset stomach.

Any precautions?

  • Chinese radishes are a cooling food and pregnant women should consume with caution.
  • It is not ideal for people with coughs or colds.