Bitter gourd and pork ribs soup in slow cooker

“Slow-Cooked Healthy Vegetable Soup”

Hi there, how are you? It has been many days since my last update of post.. Even though I still cook during these busy days, but was really too occupied by tons of chores, and no choice but to miss my recipe sharing. Well, I am back now.. (smile).

Today, not posting any HK gourmet, I am sharing my soup recipe here. One of my reader, Ms Lin Li, left comment in my FB fanclub and requested for more soup recipes, actually. And I promised her to share it in the upcoming post after my last chicken dish. So, here you go..

Nothing too special, but I thought this is very simple to cook and healthy to savour on.. This is a soup that you will definitely drink, even if you don’t take bitter gourd. Without the strong and bitter taste from the gourd, and I have even added wolfberries to sweeten the soup naturally, there isn’t any reason for you to reject this delicious and beneficial homecooked soup! While bitter gourd cools your body, the wolfberry aids in brightening your eyes.

Forget to mention, this recipe is tailored for busy working class. If you are working 9-5 or needing to be out half the day, yet you wish to have such nice health soup for the family and of course yourself, this is the soup recipe you would like.

See my simple recipe here:

1 arm-lengthed bitter gourd, deseed and cut into pieces
250 grams of lean prime pork ribs, blanched
1 tablespoon of wolfberries or called it Goji berries (枸杞子), rinsed
1 chicken stock cube
1 teaspoon of salt to taste

1) Cut bitter gourd into halves, lengthwise. Remove seeds inside using a metal spoon. Then, cut bitter gourd into smaller piece, crosswise. Now, heat a pot of salted water over high heat, briefly blanch bitter gourd, for just 10 seconds, before removing it from the pot using a strainer. Drain and set aside.

2) Heat another pot of water over high heat. Blanch ribs till scum appears on the surface of water. Remove ribs from pot.

3) Now, prepare your slow cooker. Place bitter gourd, ribs, wolfberries and chicken stock cube into croak pot and add water till 3 quarter filled, or about an inch covering above the ingredients. With lid on, shift slow cooker to low or auto mode. You are free to do any other thing or off to work in the morning now!

4) After simmering for hours, this soup is all ready to be induldged in. Add salt to taste, 5 minutes before serving the soup. Let’s have it warm!

A serving of my bitter gourd pork ribs and wolfberry soup counts about 200kcal (with ingredients taken).

Tips: If you are more keen to cook this soup on stove. Simply follow the steps, but simmer the soup on low heat, for 2 hours.