Eight-Treasure Pork Rib Herbal Soup

This soup is brewed with pork rib and seven other herbal goodness, hence the joyful name "Eight-Treasure". A really nutritious soup to help balancing the intake of deep-fried and oily food during the Lunar New Year period. But then it tastes so good there is no reason why we can't have it any time of the year.

Ingredients:

  • 600g pork rib, chopped into small chunks
  • 200g angular Solomon's Seal (Yu Zhu)
  • 10g wolfberries
  • 50g red dates
  • 50g dried longan
  • 10g american ginseng tassle (end part: yang shen xu)
  • 30g longleaf companumoea (dang shen)
  • 50g dried scallop, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and strained
  • Sea salt to taste (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Boil 5 litres of water in a large pot, add in all the ingredients except for pork rib. Cover it and let it simmer on low for 1 hour.
  2. Add in pork rib and simmer for another 2 hours.
  3. Add sea salt if desired.

Versatility Note:

  1. All the herbal ingredients are quite common and you can get from any Chinese herbal shops.
  2. There is no other seasoning needed because things like dried scallop, american ginseng, and red dates are acting as natural stock.
  3. Wolfberries are known amongst the Chinese as a natural supplement for the eyes, and Yu Zhu (angular Solomon's Seal) is known to be good for healthy skin (well, the elders said so and we'd love to believe it too).