Chinese Spare Rib and Lotus Root Soup

    1 hour

    Lotus Root is combined with the meat from spare ribs in this rich Chinese soup. It is delicately flavoured with garlic and ginger.

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    Serves: 3 

    • 500g pork spare ribs, cut into 3cm lengths
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 2cm piece fresh ginger, smashed
    • 200g fresh lotus root, diced and crushed
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 2 teaspoons diced coriander

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Blanch the ribs for a few minutes. Drain.
    2. Place the ribs in a large saucepan with garlic, ginger and just enough water to cover the contents. Bring to the boil and cook for at least 10 minutes.
    3. Add the lotus root, cover the saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes or until the ribs are tender. Occasionally skim off any scum that forms on the surface.
    4. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into a big soup bowl then garnish with coriander and serve immediately.


    Fresh lotus roots can be purchased in Asian speciality shops. Alternatively, you can use tinned lotus roots, simply reduce the cooking time accordingly.

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