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As a Chinese, we love our soup. Herbal soup, vegetable soup, pork, chicken, anything. While growing up, we always have some sort of soup, a vegetable dish, and a fish/meat dish for every meal. Now that I’m kinda all grown up and sometimes cook for myself, I try to replicate the same as well.

Here’s a super simple recipe for radish soup with pork ribs (feel free to substitute with chicken) that you can make at home fairly fast, and with ingredients that are fairly cheap, this dish was about RM 12 in ingredients.

ingredients - radish, pork ribs, dried cuttle fish, wolf berries
ingredients – radish, pork ribs, dried cuttle fish, wolf berries

Ingredients (serves 4 bowls):

  • 1 radish, skinned and cut in bite size chunks
  • 400 –  600 gram pork ribs (or chicken carcasses/chicken wings/legs)
  • wolf berries (optional)
  • 1 piece dried cuttle fish (or dried scallops, optional)
  • 5 bowls of water
  • salt and pepper to taste

remove the impurities from the pork with a sieve or ladle remove the impurities from the pork with a sieve or ladle 

Cooking instruction:

  • heat up water and add pork ribs, bring to boil for a bout a minute or two
  • remove impurities with a sieve or ladle, if you want a clearer soup, remove pork and start over with another pot of water
  • allow pork to cook in low heat for 30-45 mins
  • add cuttle fish, wolf berries, and radish
  • boil for another 30-45 mins
  • ready to serve, add salt and pepper to taste

simple homemade radish soup with pork ribs
simple homemade radish soup with pork ribs

The addition of dried cuttle fish really enhances the taste of the soup, and boiling the pork long ensures that you get it well soft and tender without also overcooking the radish.

Since there are only two of us and this recipe serves about four bowl, I tend to cook this for dinner and then have them again the next morning, be sure to boil it again before going to sleep (or keep it in the fridge) to prevent the soup from going bad overnight.

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Discuss : KY cooks – Radish Soup with Pork Ribs

  1. My daughter loves this so my missus cooks it quite often. They say it detoxifies, not for those on any kind of medication…

  2. my grandma would love to have a grandson like you who can prepare these soups so well! :)

  3. KY, is this your family recipe? I make this soup from time to time but never added the wolfberry to it. Is this near to the soup with herbs and other thing sold in food stalls?

    • Vickie: wolfberry is pretty much optional, I added it for a bit of extra sweetness. It’s pretty close to those served at food stalls, ya :D

  4. Lovely, i like this soup too, simple and delicious :D

  5. We like radish soup too, it’s like a one-pot meal too, with meat and vege :)

  6. Do I need to boil the soup again if I’m going to fridge it?

  7. I normally blanch the pork ribs to remove the impurities etc.

    Perfect soup for this hot weather!

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