I love the whole nose to tail approach to eating, not only is it not wasteful, but it’s fairly cheap to grab cuts of meat that are healthy for you. One being pork neck bones. You would think that there is not a lot to neck bones, but trust me there is quite a lot of meat on the bone that will fill you up. There is a soup in Korea which uses pork neck bones for their soup. Have you heard of it? It’s call Gamjatang. It’s one of my favourite Korean soups and it contains a heck of a lot of meat! And it’s nutritious too since the soup contains a lot of minerals our bodies need.
I’m making the Chinese version of this soup, which has given me a lot of warm memories of when my dad used to make this for me as I was growing up. It is very simple to make and only requires a few ingredients (but feel free to add more if you want!). You will need daikon, pork neck bones, red dates (pictured) or dried figs and salt. You can find pork neck bones in your local asian grocery store (in my case I was able to find them at No Frills). They are $0.89-0.99/lb so it’s definitely a steal!
The whole idea of this soup is that the minerals and collagen from the bones will be extracted into the soup which is great for your skin, bones, and overall health! It’s great for people who suffer from digestive issues and have a hard time absorbing nutrients. I make it nearly every week and drink it often to give me a bit of a boost every day. It’s much better than buying vitamin pills, right? Enjoy this recipe!
- 2-3 pounds of pork neck bones (the bigger the better)
- 1 large daikon root peeled and sliced into half moons
- 1 handful of Chinese red dates or 3 dried figs
- filtered water
- Parboil the pork neck bones for 5 minutes to get rid of the dirt and blood. Rinse the bones under cold water and clean your pot. Using filtered water, fill up your pot and add your cooked pork neck bones (if you skip this step your broth will be darker in colour and not as clear)
- Add in the sliced daikon root and dried fruit and let it approach a rolling boil. Boil for 2 hours.
- Once complete, add salt to taste.
- This recipe is adjustable to pot size. I'm assuming that you'll be using a soup sized pot.