Pearly Bean Soup
500g pearly beans in pods (zhen chu dou)
1 pig’s tail or 500g pork ribs
8 red dates (stoned)
2 litres water
1 tsp light soya sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1. Separate beans from pods. Wash and drain.
2. Cut pig’s tail into smaller sections and scald with hot water for 3 minutes. Rinse well.
3. Bring water to the boil. Add the pig’s tail and red dates and boil over medium heat for 45 minutes. Lower heat, add pearly beans and simmer slowly for another 30 minutes. Season with light soya sauce.
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