ABC Soup

ABC Soup

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Note: This was 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. 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!

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.