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Bean Curd and Shiitake Pork Ribs Soup

This is another amazingly simple and tasty Chinese soup supposedly packed with plenty of health benefits for your body. I am a bit skeptical about the touted benefits but I will never ever refuse a good home made Chinese herbal soup, I simply love them all. They are all so different and yet so amazingly delicious, and almost always, ridiculously easy to make. So here goes :)

Bean Curd and Shiitake Pork Ribs Soup

Bean Curd and Shiitake Pork Ribs Soup

Bean Curd and Shiitake Pork Ribs Soup

5.0 from 3 reviews



Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 3 hours

Serves: 8


  • 500 gram pork ribs
  • 2 liter water
  • 3 dried bean curd sticks
  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 12 dried jujube fruits (Chinese: hong zao)
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Soak dried bean curd sticks and dried shiitake mushrooms in hot boiling water for 1 hour. Tear bean curd sticks into 1 inch lengths and cut shiitake into 4 wedges.
  2. Place pork ribs and water in a soup pot and let it boil for 15 minutes. Ladle off the scum to get a clear soup.
  3. Add bean curd, shiitake, jujube fruit, and salt and bring to another boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until all the ingredients are tender and fully cooked.
  5. Turn off heat and serve immediately.


  • Christyn says:

    Hi Anita finally I found your article. I like so much Chinese herbal soups, now I can cook by self hahaha. Thanks ur article very helpful.

    • Anita says:

      It is not too hard to cook Chinese herbal soups at home, just need to gather the ingredients :)

  • Margaret says:

    It is a good recipe, it has good flavors and that is how I remember when someone else made it. Now I can make it myself except I will make quick boiled of pork bones to clear out blood so the soup will be more clear.

  • Margaret says:

    I made the first time in soup came out very flavorful. I love tofu skin I will put whole package in soup next time and I will aslo soak less time for tofu skin except the the bend area. Thanks

    • Anita says:

      Soaking time for tofu skin depends a lot on how stiff the tofu skin is. Sometimes those that look almost like a stick rather than a sheet need a longer soaking time to make them soft :)

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