Pork Bone Soup with Daikon Radish, Winter Melon & Papaya


It’s been rather ugly in Austin for the past few weeks. Every end of the week, it has been gloomy, cloudy, and just depressing! Today – thunderstorms and rain and temperature dropping. Luckily I had all the ingredients to make a family recipe of pork bone soup. It’s all nice and cozy – relaxing on a Friday night.


[100% organic]


  • A block of ginger (2 in. x 2 in. x 1 in.), sliced
  • Any half rack of pork ribs (I use baby back ribs because they’re my favorite)
  • 1 large Chinese/daikon radish (萝卜), cut into large mouth-sized chunks – about 4 cups
  • 4 cups of winter melon (冬瓜), cut into large mouth-sized chunks
  • 1 small papaya (木瓜), cut into mouth-sized pieces (I used strawberry papaya because it is the sweetest)
  • Salt


  1. First boil water in a pot
  2. Once it boils, put the pork ribs and wait for it to boil
  3. Boil for 10 minutes then pour ALL the water out with the blood foam
  4. Put the ribs into the same pot/another pot with water (however much you want) and add the ginger
  5. Once that boils, put the radish and winter melon into the pot and cook until it boils, add amount of salt desired
  6. Turn the heat to low-medium and boil for 25-30 minutes, add water if needed
  7. Then put papaya into pot and cook for another 10 minutes
  8. If you have a 焖锅, once everything boils, put pot into the thingy and let it sit for 20 minutes

Note to self: don’t forget the Chinese soup nuts next time.

One thought on “Pork Bone Soup with Daikon Radish, Winter Melon & Papaya

  1. Wow, that soup looks soooo good. I have to try it soon. Btw, my family make similar soup but by using chicken, ginger, onion and bean vermicelli……..

    Thanks for sharing…….. 🙂

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