The weather in New York City is getting more and more cold. With winter approaching, I am craving comforting soup dishes to stay warm. Today I decide to share a traditional Chinese soup recipe – Pork Rib Soup with Daikon. Growing up, my mom always make this dish for me and my dad in the winter. This dish reminds me of my family in China, has great sentimental value to me 🙂
To start, I immersed the pork ribs (I used baby back ribs) with COLD water in a pan. Then brought to boil over high heat. I wouldn’t worried about scooping off the foam and fat floating on the surface, because eventually, the water needs to be discarded after the pork ribs have changed color.
Next, I simply transferred the pork rib, daikon chunks and slices of ginger all into a dutch oven or ceramic pot with a couple cups of water added.
The rest is easy peasy. When the water starts to boil, simply turn to low heat to simmer for about half an hour. For seasoning, I used Chinese vinegar, salt and a touch of white pepper. This mild soup does not need heavy seasoning. You will be impressed by the natural flavor of the ingredients.
I often add some dried goji berries into the soup at the end. Goji berry is a kind of healthy food that’s very popular in China. They could be eaten directly as a snack, be added into soup or use as toppings for a traditional Chinese desert – glutinous rice dumpling in sweet rice wine.
I can’t think of a better soup for the cold winter days. And if you are wondering how to cook Daikon, I would definitely recommend giving this recipe a try.
Here is an overview of how I made this popular traditional Chinese soup dish – Pork Rib Soup with Daikon in about an hour, enjoy the recipe below.
I will try to post one recipe a day from now on. If you like this dish, please leave a comment, nothing makes me happier than to hear from you.
- Cover the pork ribs with cold water in a pot, bring to boil over medium-high heat, cook for a few minutes till the pork ribs have changed color, discard the water, rinse under running water, drain well and set aside.
- In a ceramic pot or a dutch oven, add pork ribs, daikon, ginger and 4 cups water.
- Bring to boil under high heat, turn to low heat and simmer for about 35 minutes with lid on.
- Season with Chinese vinegar, salt and white pepper, stir to mix well.
- Add in the goji berries, simmer for another 5 minutes before removing from heat.
- Sprinkle on top fresh chopped green onion to serve.