Easy Chinese ABC Soup

Easy Chinese ABC Soup ABC 排骨蔬菜汤

This is a nutritious all-time kids favourite! Simmer vegetables in this simple to make Chinese soup for your kids.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 4 Adults


  • 500 grams pork ribs
  • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped or whole
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut to chunks
  • 1 corn, cut
  • 4 stalks of celery, cut
  • 2 medium tomato, cut to wedges
  • 2 tbsp ikan bilis, rinsed, optional
  • 3 red dates
  • 1 small slice of ginger, optional
  • 1.2 litres water
  • Salt to taste, optional


  • Bring a small saucepan of water to boil. Blanch pork ribs for about 5 minutes. Rinse with tap water, drained and set aside.
  • Add blanched pork ribs and all other ingredients except tomato and salt into a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low. Add in tomato, simmer for about 60-90 minutes. You can season the soup with salt.


I would recommend leaving out salt if you are serving the soup to kids :)
If you prefer super tender pork ribs after cooking, simmer for about 2 hours instead. Or, use a thermal inner pot to boil and simmer the soup for about 45 mins, before transferring to thermal pot to keep warm for 2-3 hours.