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ABC Soup

ABC Soup

Chinese ABC Soup Recipe

Cooking this soup is as easy as ABC! This is an easy Chinese soup classic where the potato and carrots are cut to large chunks, and the onions are roughly chopped.

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins


  • 250 grams pork ribs
  • 1.3 litres water
  • 2-3 medium rusett potatoes peeled and cut to chunks
  • 1 large yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and cut to chunks
  • 2 stalks celery sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp ikan bilis optional; for convenience, place inside disposable soup pouch
  • 1 tomato sliced to 6 wedges
  • 2 slices ginger optional
  • 4 cloves garlic optional
  • salt to taste


  1. Blanch pork ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water, set aside.
  2. Add water, blanched pork ribs and the rest of the ingredients (except salt) into a soup pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low fire for another 40-50 mins. Season to taste with salt. For best results, keep warm in thermal pot for at least 2 hours before serving.

Noob Cook Tip

You can also add sweet corn (cut to huge chunks) which is a common ingredient in ABC soup.

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73 Responses to “ABC Soup”

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  1. luciano Annatone — March 15, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    I am going to try your ABC soup.I like all the info you are shaering . I thank you .
    I also have a question , I love diem Sum but can’t find a recipe can you help me.


    • floraldoll replied: — March 22nd, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

      Hi, where can I buy disposable soup pouch? Thanks.


  2. Bee — May 13, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Hi there, love this soup recipe.
    I noticed from the picture that you used Thermal magic pot to cook. I am looking around to buy a suitable one. For the above serving of 4 recipe, what is the best size?
    My parents have one 6 L but it’s too big for me and I remember if too big, it’s not effective in retaining the heat to cook.
    Is 4.5 L suitable or 3L? 3L seems a little bit full if include all the ingredients.



    • wiffy replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Hi, I am using the 4.5litres and it can cook for 2-6 persons. Personally I find 6L too big for my need (the SA told me that for this pot to be effective, it needs to be filled at least 1/2 to 3/4). So personally I chose the in-between option: 4.5L. Hope this helps.


  3. Amanda — October 13, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    Hi, tried this recipe for the first time. its really easy! thanks bunch.


  4. Raymond — November 7, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    Its actually call ABC is because its one of the easiest to make soup I’m already 40+ and i heard this even from my Grannies years so that’s make sense.


  5. Vion — February 24, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    Can i leave out the celery?? NTUC always sell one big bag which i seldom use…..


    • wiffy replied: — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

      yes, can leave out the celery.


  6. Dawn — January 7, 2015 @ 1:08 am

    Can replace pork ribs with chix?


    • wiffy replied: — January 8th, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

      Yes, I often cook this with chicken.


      • Dawn replied: — January 12th, 2015 @ 10:30 am

        Thanks! So chicken meat/ thigh or needs some parts with bone?

        • wiffy replied: — January 12th, 2015 @ 11:06 am

          Preferably with bone so that the soup will be sweet. I personally use chicken drumsticks as they are easy to prepare and use for soup cooking.

  7. Weizen — January 11, 2015 @ 8:03 pm

    Can I cook this dish using slow cooker? Meaning let it remAin in slow cooker for 8 hours


    • wiffy replied: — January 12th, 2015 @ 11:05 am

      Yes you can. For best results, you can blanch the chicken first to get rid of the scum bits. Also use hot boiling water for the slow cooker so that it will boil faster.


      • weizen replied: — January 12th, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

        thanks! so i don’t have to bring it to a boil in a pot first right? I just dump everything and boiling water into the slow cooker?

        • wiffy replied: — January 12th, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

          I pre-boil the chicken for 5 minutes, rinse it to get rid of the scum. Then dump everything and boiling water into slow cooker. At least, that’s how I do it.

  8. Charlotte — December 22, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    Hi! is there a specific reason why the salt isnt added in the beginning? :) thank you!!


    • wiffy replied: — December 25th, 2015 @ 10:37 pm

      It’s always much better to season to taste at the very end, when the flavours are complete so you know how much to add :)


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