Chinese Pork Rib Soup

Chinese Pork Rib Soup

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This traditional Chinese pork rib soup combines pork spare ribs with seaweed, Chinese winter melon, ginger and spring onions.


Serves: 3 

  • 250g pork spare ribs, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 small pieces fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions, cut into 3cm lengths
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • salt, to taste
  • 150g seaweed, soaked, cleaned and cut into 3cm lengths
  • 400g winter melon, seeded and cut into bite sized pieces

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour10min  ›  Ready in:1hour25min 

  1. Blanch spare ribs in boiling water for 2 minutes then drain and set aside.
  2. Pour about 1.5 litres water into a saucepan. Add the pork ribs, ginger, spring onion, star anise, cooking wine and salt.
  3. Cover the saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Turn down the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Add the seaweed and bring back to the boil. Add the Chinese winter melon and cook until the skin is soft. Serve.


Dried seaweed and Chinese winter melon can be purchased in Asian speciality shops.
If Chinese winter melon is unavailable substitute in bitter melon but salt for 30 minutes before using.

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