Pork Ribs Soup with Lotus Root and Shiitake Mushrooms (香菇蓮藕排骨湯)

Pork Ribs Soup with Lotus Root and Shiitake Mushrooms (香菇蓮藕排骨湯)

香菇蓮藕排骨湯, or Pork Ribs Soup with Lotus Root and Shiitake Mushrooms, is a nourishing and flavorful traditional Chinese soup. This soup combines the sweetness of lotus root and the earthy flavors of shiitake mushrooms with the richness of pork ribs, creating a delightful and comforting dish. Here’s a simple recipe to make this heartwarming soup.
Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese


  • 500 g pork ribs
  • 300 g lotus root peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 10 dried shiitake mushrooms soaked in hot water until softened, then sliced
  • 2 liters of water
  • 2 slices of ginger
  • Salt to taste

Optional Ingredients for Enhanced Flavor

  • 1 small piece of dried tangerine peel soaked to soften
  • A few goji berries for a touch of sweetness
  • 2 green onions chopped, for garnish


Prep the Pork Ribs:

  • Blanch the pork ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes to remove impurities. Drain and rinse the ribs under cold water to clean them. This step ensures the soup will be clear.

Prepare the Ingredients:

  • Slice the lotus root into 0.5 cm thick rounds.
  • Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms in hot water until they soften, then slice them. Reserve the soaking water for added flavor in the soup.

Cook the Soup:

  • In a large pot, bring 2 liters of water to a boil. Add the blanched pork ribs, sliced lotus root, shiitake mushrooms, and ginger slices. If using, add the dried tangerine peel.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Let the soup cook for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the pork ribs are tender and the lotus root is soft.

Season the Soup:

  • Season the soup with salt, adjusting the amount to your taste. If the soup needs more depth, you can also add a bit of the mushroom soaking water for an extra umami flavor.


  • Ladle the soup into bowls. If desired, garnish with chopped green onions and a sprinkle of goji berries before serving.

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