Grandma's Chinese Vegetable Soup


My grandmother used to make this clear soup to be served during our family-style dinners. It is a soup that can be made in the slow cooker or slowly simmered on the stove top and makes for a very comforting meal when served with rice on a cold day.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 pound pork neck bones

  • 10 cups water

  • 2 large potatoes, cut into chunks

  • 2 large tomatoes, quartered

  • 1 onion, quartered

  • 1 large carrot, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • salt to taste


  1. Place pork neck bones into a large pot; cover with water. Bring to a boil and skim scum off the surface with a slotted spoon. Drain.

  2. Return bones to the pot. Add 10 cups water, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, and carrot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer soup until flavors combine, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Season with sugar and salt.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute rib bones for the pork neck bones.

Fish sauce may also be used for extra flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 421mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 26mg 128%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 548mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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