Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

by Angie Liew
Healthy Chinese style soup with cooling properties.

Healthy Chinese style soup with cooling properties.

Bitter Gourd, also called Bitter Melon, has an acquired taste. You either love the bitter taste or you hate it. Bitter gourd soup is very often cooked by the Chinese when the weather is hot as it is believed to have cooling effects. It’s loaded with bitter gourd, meaty pork ribs, red dates, carrot and wolfberries.  A very healthy and nutritious soup especially for those who love bitter gourd.  

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Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup
By Angie Liew of Huang Kitchen
Bitter gourd, also called Bitter melon, has an acquired taste. You either love the bitter taste or you hate it. Bitter gourd soup is very often cooked by the chinese when the weather is hot as it is believed to have cooling properties. It's loaded with pork ribs, bitter gourd itself, some red dates, carrot and wolfberries. A very healthy and nutritious soup.
Serving For
4
Prep Time
10minutes
Cook Time
50minutes
Serving For
4
Prep Time
10minutes
Cook Time
50minutes
Ingredients
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  1. Blanch pork ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes to remove scum. This will ensure a clear soup.
    Blanch pork ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes to remove scum. This will ensure a clear soup.
  2. Cut the bitter gourd in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Then rub a small amount of salt on the bitter gourd and then rinse off the salt with water. This helps to reduce the bitter taste of bitter gourd.
    Cut the bitter gourd in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Then rub a small amount of salt on the bitter gourd and then rinse off the salt with water. This helps to reduce the bitter taste of bitter gourd.
  3. Cut the bitter gourd into large chunks. Slice one of the large chunks into thin slices and set aside.
    Cut the bitter gourd into large chunks. Slice one of the large chunks into thin slices and set aside.
  4. In a large soup pot, add in 2 litres of water. Bring to a boil.
    In a large soup pot, add in 2 litres of water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Then add blanched pork ribs, red dates, carrots and large bitter gourd chunks. When the water comes to a boil again, lower heat and simmer for 45 - 60 minutes.
    Then add blanched pork ribs, red dates, carrots and large bitter gourd chunks. When the water comes to a boil again, lower heat and simmer for 45 - 60 minutes.
  6. Then 10 minutes before you turn off the flame, add the soaked wolf berries and thin bitter gourd slices. Season with salt to taste.
    Then 10 minutes before you turn off the flame, add the soaked wolf berries and thin bitter gourd slices. Season with salt to taste.
  7. Serve with steamed rice.
    Serve with steamed rice.
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  To cook bitter gourd pork ribs soup: Bitter Gourd Pork RIbs Soup

First wash and clean some meaty pork ribs.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

Blanch pork ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes to remove scum. This will ensure a clear soup.

    Bitter Gourd Pork RIbs Soup

Remove the pork ribs from the boiling water and set aside.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

Wash well a medium size bitter gourd. It’s best to choose those bitter gourd with wide pattern lines in between and are light pale green in colour as these won’t be too bitter for the soup.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

 Cut the bitter gourd in half lengthwise.

    Bitter Gourd Pork RIbs Soup

Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

Then rub a small amount of salt on the bitter gourd.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

 Rinse off the salt with water.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

Cut the bitter gourd into large chunks.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

Slice one of the large chunks into thin slices and set aside.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

Cut a carrot into 1 inch thick rings, soaked wolfberries in water till fluffy and wash some pitted red dates.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

Set aside the fluffy wolf berries and slices of bitter gourd for later use.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

In a large soup pot, add in the 2 litres of water. Bring to a boil. Then add blanched pork ribs, red dates, carrot and large bitter gourd chunks.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

When the water comes to a boil again, lower heat and simmer for 45 – 50 minutes.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

10 minutes before you turn off the flame, add the fluffy wolfberries and thin bitter gourd slices. Lastly add salt to taste.

    Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup

 And you’re done! Serve the soup warm with steamed rice.

   

SO ENJOY!

     

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