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ABC Soup

ABC Soup

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Note: First posted in Jul 2009, now updated with new photos and improved recipe.

This Chinese pork ribs soup with vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, celery) is commonly known as “ABC soup” or “luo song tang” 罗宋汤 here.

See Also: Chinese Soups Recipes

I always wonder why it is called ABC soup since there are no pasta letters in it, and the main ingredients (typically potatoes and carrots) do not all start with the letters A, B and C. Check out the compilation of comments below which explain the origins of the soup name. I know the combination of ingredients is right when 10 minutes into simmering, the entire kitchen is filled with a wonderful soup aroma.

ABC Soup

Possible reasons for the name “ABC Soup” from readers’ comments, thanks for sharing!

  • @k (my fave!) “I read from somewhere that it’s called ABC soup because: A-nion, B-otato, C-arrot
  • @Steve Seto – “It’s called “ABC” because it’s popular with American Born Chinese. It’s a name given by native Chinese restaurant workers.
  • @Michelle ChewScientifically and logically, the name ‘ABC’ for this soup arises from the vitamins it provides: Vit A – Carrot, Vit B – Potato (Vit B6 in specific), Vit C – Tomato
  • @andy “A – Ang Mo Kio (Tomato), B – Bah Kut (pork ribs), C – Carrot”
  • My theory (to add on): “Making this soup is as easy as ABC!

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75 Responses to “ABC Soup”

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  1. pigpigscorner — July 19, 2009 @ 12:40 am

    What a coincidence, I plan to cook this tmr! Felt like something really healthy after eating so much for the past few weeks.


  2. Gera @ SweetsFoods — July 19, 2009 @ 6:55 am

    Very interesting name ABC for a soup…for its vitamins or for the easy to make it!

    A flavorful and healthy soup, just perfect in a cold winter I’ve right now :lol:




  3. Selba — July 19, 2009 @ 8:45 am

    A nice soup and also healthy :)


  4. myasiankitchen — July 19, 2009 @ 9:48 am

    this ABC soup is alos one of my favourite soup too!! yummy and healthy!!


  5. Little Inbox — July 19, 2009 @ 11:03 am

    I used to cook ABC soup too, but with different kind of combination, like tomatoes, pearl corn,…


  6. tigerfish — July 19, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

    Maybe cos’ the soup is as easy as ABC lah! Hahhaha


  7. Joyce — July 19, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    Maybe its suppose to be as easy as ABC to make this soup that’s why its called so.


  8. The Little Teochew — July 19, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

    Sometimes, simple is best. The soup looks beautiful – clear and light. I also add alphabet pasta when I make this for my children. It becomes a one-dish meal, and I can understand why THAT is called ABC soup! LOL.


    • wiffy replied: — July 20th, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

      Hi 5- I’ve tried adding alphabet pasta to my Chinese minestrone soup too to make a real ABC soup, lol


  9. lisaiscooking — July 19, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

    Your broth looks great, and I love the chunks of vegetables in the soup!


  10. Bob — July 19, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

    I’ve never tried it before, but you had me at “short and pretty effortless”. :D Looks great!


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