Spare Ribs Soup

User rating: 5 out of 5 stars (2) Reviews

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 25, 2020.


Spare Rib Soup

  • 2 pounds local pork spare ribs, cut into 2 to 3-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sliced ginger
  • 5 pieces star anise
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup raw shelled peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sliced shitake mushrooms
  • 1 bunch bok choy


  1. In a large pot, add pork, ginger, star anise, and water.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove star anise and skim excess fat.
  4. Add bouillon cubes, peanuts, and mushrooms; simmer for 30 minutes more.
  5. Add bok choy and cook until soft.

Serves 6.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
450 calories, 36 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 85 mg cholesterol, 650 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 25 g protein


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Followed the recipe as is and it turned out sooo good. So easy to make, just how I like it. Will definitely be making it again.

by ANONYMOUS on 6/1/2022

Heard star anise has very strong distinct flavor. When recipe says 5 pieces of star anise, do they mean 5 whole star anise? Each star anise seed has 5+ seeds (it can range 5-11 seeds). Other sources says "can substitute can use common anise or Chinese five-spice powder. For each star anise called for in the recipe, use 3/4 teaspoon crushed anise seeds or 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder. Fennel seeds can also be used but won't have as strong of a licorice taste. If a liquid will work in the recipe, 1 tablespoon of anisette, Pernod, or Sambuca can be substituted for each star anise, or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon anise extract."

by ANONYMOUS on 3/1/2021

Super yummy and easy to make. Perfect for cold winter weather! Recommend seasoning the ribs with a little garlic salt before cooking. Also added a small scoop of brown sugar to the pot of soup after everything was cooked and liked how it added another layer of flavor. This will definitely be a repeat/go-to recipe!!!

by ANONYMOUS on 12/29/2020