Friday, May 14, 2021


Lovely pork ribs, Chinese yam soup with a twist.  Just with addition of some Hawthorne slices [dried Hawthorne slices or Shan Zha [山楂 ]  in Chinese.  Available at Chinese medical shops.  Some impressive benefits of Hawthorne slices are its anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, aid digestion, may lower blood pressure, decrease blood fats etc. 

This soup is savoury and sourish. Very appetising and tasty soup to serve for lunch or dinner.   You can substitute Chinese yam with white carrots, too.
[serves 2-3]
400 gm meat pork ribs - cut chunky pieces
200 gm Chinese yam [shan yao] - skin remove and cut wedges
100 gm red carrots - peeled and cut wedges
10 dried Hawthorne slices [more if you like the soup sourish]
1 tbsp wolfberries
a few slices ginger
salt and pepper to taste
  1. How to wash pork ribs?  - Rub pork ribs with cornflour, then rinse with water several times.  Drained.  
  2. Boil pork ribs in a pot of water with a few slices ginger to remove the scums.  Remove and rinse well.
  3. Using a claypot, add in rinsed pork ribs, a few slices ginger, Hawthorne pieces and water.  Cover with lid, bring to boil for about 30-40 minutes or until ribs are tender.
  4. Add in Chinese yam, carrots and wolfberries.  Boil for about 15- 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste

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