Pork Ribs and Konbu Soup

This soup “Soki-Jiru” is a traditional Okinawa regional cuisine.

Cooking Pork Ribs and Konbu Soup
“Soki-Jiru” is made with pork ribs, Konbu, Daikon radish, and ginger.  (Soki-Jiru means a rib-soup.)

 

Pork Ribs and Konbu Soup

This soup is very simple.
And it’s so tasty and nutritious by the combination of pork ribs and Konbu Umami.
Konbu is in heavy usage in the Okinawa regional cuisine, although there are great distances between Okinawa and Hokkaido that is a major production area of Konbu.
The reason why?

It will be traced back through history of the Edo period.

 

During the Edo period a route by sea was opened to carry Konbu from Hokkaido to Osaka, and carried from Osaka even to Edo (now Tokyo), to Kyusyu, and to Ryukyu Kingdom (now Okinawa).

These route are now called “Konbu-Route” collectively.

 

So Ryukyu Kingdom was a trade center to  export Konbu to overseas, especially to China.  Therefore Konbu with good quality were corrected there.

Konbu

On the other hand, there was one more historical reason.
At the approximately same time during Edo period,  Ryukyuan people changed their eating habits from beef to pork.

They have developed their peculiar food culture with Konbu and pork over the centuries.

Cooking of Pork Ribs and Konbu Soup
Cooking of Pork Ribs and Konbu Soup
Cooking of Pork Ribs and Konbu Soup
  1. Cook pork ribs (500g) in boiling plenty water for a few minutes, then wash them with running water.
  2. Put pork ribs and Dashi broth, Katsuo dashi recommended,  5 cups and water 10 cups in a pot, and cook on medium heat for over an hour.
  3. Soak dried Konbu (30g) to soften, then cut into strips and tie a knot.  Cut Daikon radish (800g) into small bite-size pieces.  * See the image above.
  4. Add Konbu and Daikon radish in the pot, continue cooking for an hour.
  5. Adjust the seasoning with a pinch of salt and soy sauce 1 tbs to taste.
  6. Serve with grated ginger toppings.

Pork Ribs and Konbu SoupSoup for all seasons!!

・Kombu
is an edible dried kelp from the family Laminariaceae. 昆布(こんぶ)
・Buta-Niku
is a pork meat. 豚肉(ぶたにく) literally “pork meat”
・Daikon
is a mild flavored winter Japanese radish (Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus). 大根(だいこん) literally “big root”