Wednesday, May 25, 2011

黃豆排骨湯/Soy Bean and Pork Soup



This Soy Bean and Pork Soup is an old style Chinese soup.  It's fairly common in all regions of China and most families know this recipe.  My mom used to make this soup for my bother and I when we were babies.  I was born in China at the end of the Cultural Revolution and resources were very slim back then.  My mom told me that they couldn't even buy milk before the 80s, so most families made this Soy Bean and Pork Soup for their babies because it contains a lot of calcium and protein.  I was lucky because I had my mom's milk until I was two-years-old, and my mom used to drink this soup because she was breastfeeding.  This soup is simple, easy and also tastes clean, refreshing and it's very healthy.

Ingredients:
  • 5 oz dried soy beans
  • 2 chicken legs
  • 1 lb fresh chopped pork ribs 
  • ½ oz sliced ginger
Directions:
  1. Soak the soy beans half an hour before cooking.
  2. In a large soup pot, add ribs, chicken legs, ginger, soaked soy beans and water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat, and then use a soup strainer to strain all the dark bubbles on top of the water.  Reduce the heat to the lowest and cook for 2 - 3 hours.  Add salt.  You are done!