This recipe is a classic example of the balance between sweet, sour, salty and bitter flavors that characterizes Vietnamese cuisine.
The beets and carrots add sweetness, while the pork bones contribute a savory flavor.
Vietnamese Beet & Pork Soup Recipe
The next time you’re in the mood for something warm and comforting, try this Vietnamese Beet & Pork Soup. It’s a simple recipe that you can whip up in no time at all. This soup is the perfect meal to share with your family and friends. It’s vegetarian, but you can easily substitute meat if you want to make this soup more substantial.
- 1 lb red beet (cut into 1×1 cubes)
- 1 carrot (cut into 1×1 cubes)
- 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
- 1.5 lb pork bone (should already be cut to 3-inch pieces by the butcher)
- 1 lb pork rib (cut into 2×2 pieces)
- 8 cup water
- 1 tbs salt
- 1 tbs sugar
- 3-4 clove garlic (large, minced)
- 1/2 tsp black pepper (fresh cracked)
- Chop the beets, carrots, and cilantro.
- Cut the pork bones into 3-inch pieces and cut the ribs into 2×2 pieces.
- In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, add water and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
- Add beets, carrots, cilantro, salt and sugar to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add pork bones (and ribs if using), garlic and black pepper to the pot and cook at a simmer for 2 hours.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand! Just make sure to chop them into bite-sized pieces so they cook evenly in the pot.
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