Tomato & Spare Ribs Soup

Last of 8, this is the last recipe from my friend. This soup is  easy to cook and it is a very typical common dish in ethnic Chinese family. During 1998 – 2001, when I in France, I and my house mate would love to have this dish everyday if we can especially during winter. My own recipe is about the same as below, the difference is I added carrots and potato. This soup can be served as main dish with rice or instant noodle too, instead of a side soup dish.


  • 1/2 kg spare ribs
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 9 cups water
  • 2 whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup canned button mushrooms
  • 1/1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper


  1. Cut the spare ribs with bite size pieces. Boil to remove the blood & then drain.
  2. Lightly slice an ‘X’ on the skin of the non-stem end of the tomatoes. Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water, remove then peel. Coarsely dice the tomatoes.
  3. Slice the button mushrooms.
  4. Bring the cooking wine & water to boil, add the spare ribs & cook over low heat for 40 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, button mushroom & salt, cook for 5 minutes.

Cooking Time 1 – 1 1/2 hours

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