Szechuan Vegetable Soup

What I thought would be a short hiatus has now manifested into a 2-month break. With the number of COVID-19 cases surpassing 15,000 in the past week, the chances of food hunting are getting slimmer by the day....unlike my waistline.

So what's the next best alternative? Featuring some simple homecooked recipes of course! Disclaimer: I'm no pro cook but I'm no idiot sandwich either. hah


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Our first dish is Szechuan Vegetable Soup! This appetizing soup is prepared with just a few basic ingredients and tastes oh-so-good. Despite the name "Szechuan", it doesn't feature any numbing spiciness but leans towards a salty & sour taste profile. The pork ribs always come out tender with minimal prep work and cooking skills (beginner cooks rejoice!).

 

Szechuan Vegetable Soup

Difficulty:

Serves: 3-4pax

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 2.5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 500g pork ribs (or any protein of your choice)

  • 1 pack of Szechuan vegetable (usually sold in 250g packs)

  • 3 medium tomatoes

  • 2 litre of water

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Pork ribs, tomato, Szechuan vegetable
Basically all you need apart from water and salt & pepper

Directions:

1. Rinse all the ingredients. Some would soak the Szechuan vegetable but I just do a quick rinse to remove the red preserve liquid.

2. Slice the Szechuan vegetable and half the tomatoes.

Halved tomatoes, szechuan vegetable, pork ribs
Simple slicing - no fancy knife skills required!

3. Blanch the pork ribs in some boiling water for 3-5 minutes, rinse with tap water, and drain well.

4. Place all the ingredients in the pot. Start with high heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Lower heat and leave it to simmer for at least 2 hours.

pot of szechuan vegetable soup
Yes, I do mean a rolling boil!

5. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Be mindful of the amount of salt needed as the Szechuan vegetable is quite salty.


Bowl of Szechuan Vegetable Soup with Pork Ribs
Bowl of Szechuan Vegetable Soup with Pork Ribs

Nothing better than a bowl of this with a piping hot bowl of rice! Super easy and yummy so let me know if you do try making this.


I'll be posting recipes at least once a week - drop me a message if you've got a recipe recommendation! Till the next cook, stay safe & makan well!