Beetroot Vegetables with Pork Ribs Soup

 

Red Beet Vegetables with Pork Ribs Soup

 

Soup Name: Beetroot Vegetables with Pork Ribs Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:  紅菜頭集菜湯 (hóng cài tóu jí cài tāng)

Introduction:
It’s Chinese New Year’s and what better time to make a blood red soup than this special holiday? The red beet is as red as a vegetable as you can get and mixed with other hearty vegetables, makes for a meal in itself! Use any type of pork meat and boil it for the red beets to seep out its rich, vibrant red.  I forewarned the children that this would be a more “unique” soup, but after one sip, they loved it! It’s also a very neutral soup ideal for the whole family.

 

Amount serves: 6-8 soup bowls

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork ribs
2 large beetroots, cut into large cubes
2 large carrots, sliced
1 white onion, halved
1 celery stalk, sliced
2 fresh tomatoes, quartered
15 dried longans

2 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. In a small pot, boil some water to blanch your pork ribs
  2. Blanch the ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes, drain and set aside (some people rinse the pork ribs with warm water to rinse away the brown foam that usually surfaces when blanching pork)
  3. In your soup pot, start boiling the water
  4. Prepare all your vegetables
  5. When the water boils, add all the vegetables and the blanched pork and longans together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to a medium simmer for another 1.5 hours (or use a thermal pot)
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent source of Vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Eats like a meal with plenty of vegetables (and great source of fiber)
  • Excellent in supporting blood supplement and helps lower blood pressure (because the beetroot contains nitrates which help open the blood vessels and helps with circulation)

Any precautions?

  • Consumption of beetroot may turn your urine or stool slightly reddish, there is nothing to fear in this as it is harmless. Just let it pass through your system.
  • The colour of the beetroot will stain your hands, so either wear gloves or use some lemon juice to help remove

 

Pork Ribs

Ingredient Name:  Pork Ribs (Fresh)

Traditional Chinese Name:  豬肋骨(zhū lèi gǔ)

What is this?

  • Pork ribs is the part of the pork where the ribs are (usually in the upper chest cavity area)
  • This cut contains both meat and bones
  • Depending on where the ribs are cut, you can get baby back ribs or spare ribs (both are OK for soups)
  • The meat in its raw state is tough and lean with some fat content (depending again how it is cut)
  • When cooked, it is soft and is usually eaten with soy sauce and will fall off the bone (yum!)

How do I prepare it?

  • Simply wash with cool water
  • Blanching is required when used in soups
  • You can cut the ribs into either singular ribs or in multiple ribs (not too large though, at most 2 bones kept together)

Where can I buy this?

  • You can buy this in any supermarket
  • In Asian supermarkets, you can purchase them by weight and request the size of cut you want

What is the cost?

  • Pork ribs costs around $30 HKD for 200 grams

Any benefits?

  • Pork contains many nutrients (including 6 essential vitamins)
  • It is a good source of iron, zinc, Vitamin B6 and protein
  • It is said to be a healthier red meat substitute over beef
  • This cut is lean and has a low amount of fat

Any precautions?

  • Pork must be cooked thoroughly before consumption as there is still a potential risk of salmonella
  • Consumption of meat must be done in moderation

Additional Information?

  • Pork ribs can be kept frozen for up to 3 months
  • Fresh pork ribs should be consumed within 4 days