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.
- 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)
- First boil water in a pot
- Once it boils, put the pork ribs and wait for it to boil
- Boil for 10 minutes then pour ALL the water out with the blood foam
- Put the ribs into the same pot/another pot with water (however much you want) and add the ginger
- Once that boils, put the radish and winter melon into the pot and cook until it boils, add amount of salt desired
- Turn the heat to low-medium and boil for 25-30 minutes, add water if needed
- Then put papaya into pot and cook for another 10 minutes
- 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.