Pork Ribs and Lotus Root Soup – 排骨莲藕汤

A classic soup in Chinese families, lotus roots are (trivia!) actually the stems of an aquatic plant type.

It is mild in taste and pairs really great with peanuts. And of course simmering it with pork ribs gives the soup the unique flavour that we’ve all grown to love.

The addition of red dates and carrots gives the soup a dash of natural sweetness – trust us when we say you only need salt for the seasoning!

Optionally, if you’d like to have a bit more herbal taste, finish this off with a dash of huiji waist tonic to add more depth!

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  • Servings: 4

  • Time: 2 hr

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 1 kg pork ribs

  2. 2 sections of lotus root (washed and peeled)

  3. 1 large carrot

  4. 100 g raw peanuts

  5. 15 red dates

  6. 20 g wolfberries

  7. 2 litres of boiling water

  8. 1 tsp salt (adjust to preference)

  9. 50 ml Huiji waist tonic (optional)


  1. Roughly cut 1 large carrot into chunks

  2. Cut 2 sections of lotus root into slices

  3. Blanch 1 kg pork ribs in boiling water for 5 mins

  4. To a soup pot add 100 g raw peanuts

  5. carrot chunks

  6. and lotus root slices

  7. Drain pork ribs and add to pot

  8. Add 15 red dates,

  9. 20 g wolfberries,

  10. 2 litres boiling water

  11. And 1 tsp salt (adjust to preference)

  12. Cover and simmer for 2 hours

  13. Add 50 ml Huiji waist tonic (optional) and serve

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