Pork Bone Soup with Chinese Herbs

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Getting the flavorful essence of pork or beef bones by boiling it together with other ingredients is one of the simplest and easiest cooking methods. Meat, bones, vegetables, and whatever in season ingredients you have in hand can go into the pot to create a dish which holds an amazing array of flavors.

It can be the perfect pair to your newly cooked rice, but it could also be a stand-alone dish that you can enjoy to the fullest, especially during the rainy days. The sibot (Chinese mix of herbs) gives this dish the extra flavor that distinguishes it from the nilagang baboy that we usually cook.

Pork Bone Soup with Chinese Herbs


– 1 kg Pork joints
– 1 kg Pork tails
– 5 thumbs Ginger
– 1 pc. Onion
– 1 pc. Garlic
– 1 tbsp whole Black Pepper
– 1 pack Sibot
– Season with salt
– 10 cups Water

– 2 cups diced Taro
– 2 cups sliced Radish
– 3 cups diced Squash
– 6 pcs Banana

– 1 pack Magic Sarap
– 1 pc. Napa Cabbage
– 3 pcs. Green Chili
– Season with salt and fish sauce


1. Place the pork joints and tails in the pressure cooker. Add the ginger, onion, garlic, whole pepper corns, and sibot. Season with salt, then add in the water.

2. Cover and turn on your pressure cooker. Let it cook for 25 – 30 minutes.

3. While the pork is cooking, prepare the radish, taro, saba, squash, and napa cabbage. Make sure to add your vegetables after the pork has become tender.

4. Release the steam and add in your vegetables, the radish and taro. Skim off the fat if you want. Make sure to taste and season your soup.

5. Let it cook for a few more minutes, then add the saba, kalabasa, and the white part of the napa cabbage. Season with patis. Then add in the green part of the napa cabbage.

6. Let it blanch for a bit to cook the vegetables.

Try this familiar and comforting soup for your family lunch or dinner!

You can tweak the recipe based on what ingredients are in season or available in your local market. There is no right and wrong recipe because its flavor depends solely on your preference. Always taste, season, and adjust in every step of the cooking process in order to achieve your preferred kind of soup.

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