thai rice soup with pork ribs

Rice Soup With Pork And Ribs Recipe (Khao-Dtom Moo)

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This is a really simple to make filling comfort food that is great for winter or when you are just feeling under the weather. We first prepare a spare rib and pork soup, before adding in some steamed rice and finally garnishing with herbs. This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover rice you might have from the previous days cooking, and does not require any hard to find ingredients.

This recipe will take about 1 and half hours to cook, and will be enough for 1 portion, so adjust as desired.

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rice soup with pork ribs ingredients list

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  • 125g minced pork
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 125g spare ribs (chopped into bitesized pieces)
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander stalk
  • hint of ground pepper
  • 1 cup of steamed rice (left over rice is good)
  • 1 1/5 cup water
  • chopped coriander (garnish/optional)
  • chopped spring onion (garnish/optional)
  • chopped celery leaves (garnish/optional)
  • ground pepper (garnish/optional)

Cooking instructions


Step 1: Begin by adding 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 tbsp of coriander stalk to a mortar and pestle, then crush it into a fine paste.

making the paste

Step 2: Now scoop about half of the paste out and into a mixing bowl, along with a hint of ground pepper, 125g of minced pork and 1/2 tbsp of fish sauce, then give everything a good mix, and set aside in the fridge.

mixing paste with minced pork

Step 3: Next add 1 1/5 cup of water to a saucepan, along with the remainder of the garlic and coriander paste from the mortar and pestle, a dash of ground pepper, mix, then add in 125g of spare ribs which have been chopped into bitesized pieces, and bring the soup to the boil. Once the soup begins to boil, lower the heat and let it slow cook for about 1 hour.

Step 4: After one hour, raise the heat to a high heat, and once the soup begins to bubble again, add in the pork mixture we made earlier, making sure to use a spoon or your hands to shape the pork into bitesized meatballs. Let the meatballs cook in the soup for about 5 minutes or so until they are cooked all the way through, then you can add in 1 cup of steamed rice, leftover rice is ideal for this. Mix the rice into the soup thoroughly making sure there are no lumps of rice, and once the soup begins to bubble again, turn off the heat and serve.

making the spare rib soup

Step 5: To serve, garnish with a dash of ground pepper, chopped spring onion, coriander, celery leaf, and anything else you like! Although all of these are of course optional.

  • thai rice soup with pork ribs
  • rice soup with pork ribs

And thats all there is to it, comfort food thats ready in an hour and a great way to use up leftover rice! We hope you enjoyed the recipe, if you did and you would like to see lots more Thai and Asian inspired recipes, be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel or newsletter to be notified when new recipes are published – we have lots more Thai and Asian inspired recipes still to come!

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