It’s been a while since I posted the last recipe, so here’s another simple to make soup dish that anyone can make at home – Chinese corn and spare ribs soup. If you want it without pork, feel free to substitute spare ribs with chicken wings or bones.

I use a pressure cooker for this, but a normal pot would work too if you just increase the cooking time a factor of 2-3. Preparation time for this dish is less than 10 minutes.

corn, red dates, dried cuttle fish
corn, red dates, dried cuttle fish

The ingredients are fairly simple to source, and they aren’t expensive either. This is good for 4 small bowls of soup

  • 2 x sweet corns (best if you get those from Cameron Highland, they are extra juicy)
  • 600 grams of spare ribs
  • half a dozen dried red dates
  • 1 x dried cuttle fish or some dried scallops

boil the spare ribs for a while to remove impurities
boil the spare ribs for a while to remove impurities

Now the cooking instructions:

  • boil the spare ribs separately for 1-2 minutes to remove impurities
  • cut the corn in 2 and put all ingredients with 4 bowls of water in pressure cooker (6 bowls if you are using normal pot to account for evaporation)
  • bring to boil and cook in pressure for 45 mins to an hour
  • add salt to taste (about 1.5 teaspoon for me)
  • add pepper to taste
  • additionally, sprinkle some chopped spring onion before serving

just boil everything in pressure cooker for at least 45 minutes
just boil everything in pressure cooker for at least 45 minutes

The result is a clear soup that has the taste of sweet corn and spare ribs infused in it. It goes well with steamed rice or even just on its own.

Easy, healthy, and delicious, try it!

add a sprinkle of spring onion and you're done - corn & spare ribs soup
add a sprinkle of spring onion and you’re done – corn & spare ribs soup

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KY cooks – Chinese Corn & Spare Ribs Soup
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18 thoughts on “KY cooks – Chinese Corn & Spare Ribs Soup

  • January 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm
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    Try to put some tomatoes and carrots…this is what my mom used to cook.

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    • January 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm
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      brian: good idea, tho that’ll be quite close to ABC soup already

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  • January 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm
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    thanks for sharing this incredibly simple recipe. will keep it and maybe i’ll credit you in me blog someday. 🙂

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    • January 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm
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      Michelle chin: you’re welcome 😀

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  • January 13, 2012 at 9:19 am
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    err are those gm corm ? if it was tak baik la…

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    • January 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm
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      ignatio: nay, just good old regular corn from Cameron

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  • January 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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    Man, that sweet, sweet corn and tender pork in soup. I’m not a soup person but I’ll definitely eat that. 😀

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    • January 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm
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      Huai Bin: ya, pork is always good! soup or not. hehe

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  • January 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm
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    Singapore Airlines business class lounge in Changi always serves this, love it!

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    • January 16, 2012 at 9:06 am
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      Paul: 3 points to SIA!

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  • January 14, 2012 at 8:29 am
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    YUMMY!! 😀
    Will make my mum to COOK ME THIS SOUP!! XDXD

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  • January 15, 2012 at 1:11 am
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    nice soup. . .cuttlefish kills the corn flavour la. . .try adding some red apples, no skin. . .adds a lil sweetness and pls la. . . .STOP the salt for this healthy soup. . . .lolz.

    Actually, its a nice soup better by simmering as pressure cooker somehow lacks the natural flavour. . .all soup in pressure or slow cooker taste similar.

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    • January 16, 2012 at 9:07 am
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      foodcrazee: oOo that’s some good tips. Salt is a bit hard to stop la hehehe. I do agree simmering is better but sometimes lack of time… :S

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  • January 17, 2012 at 10:33 am
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    i likeee… corn and carrot tastes nice too!

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