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Water Chestnut & Pork Ribs Soup

A Chinese soup best enjoyed as a naturally sweet, hearty and comforting stew of tender pork ribs with water chestnuts, carrots, dried figs and red dates in a rich broth.
Course: Meat, One Pot Meals, Pork, Side, Side Dish, Soup, Vegetable
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Servings :4 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 15 mins


  • 300 g lean pork ribs
  • 2 carrots peeled, cut into wedges
  • 8 - 10 water chestnuts peeled, washed
  • 3 dried figs washed
  • 12 small red dates pitted, washed
  • 2 - 3 dried scallops washed, soaked in hot water
  • chicken stock or water


  • Fill a saucepan or small pot with water and bring to a boil. Put in pork ribs or meat and blanch for a minute or so to remove impurities. Discard the water and wash the meat clear of all grit.
  • Put all the ingredients into a slow cooker. Pour in chicken stock or water until just enough to immerse all the ingredients. Cook on Auto or High setting for at least 3 hours. If cooking in a deep pot, bring all the ingredients in stock or water to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for at least 2 hours, or until meat is fall-off-the-bone tender.
  • When serving, scoop a little of each ingredient – meat, carrot and water chestnuts – into individual serving bowls and fill with soup. Alternatively, you may scoop all the ingredients into a large soup dish and fill with soup. Serve hot.
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