Bean Curd Sticks and Pork Ribs Soup Recipe
November 24th, 2006 24 Comments

Bean Curd Sticks and Pork Ribs Soup Recipe

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Bean Curd Sticks (Teik Gah Kee or Foo Chuk)


Bean Curd Sticks and Pork Ribs Soup Recipe


1 lb of pork ribs
3 sticks of dried bean curd sticks (“Teik Gah Kee or “Foo Chuk“)
10-12 dried red dates
5 dried mushrooms
4 medium bowls of water
Salt to taste


Soak the bean curd sticks in warm water for 1 – 2 hours. (The time required to soften the bean curd sticks varies on the brand you get.) Once the bean curd sticks are softened, cut them into 2-inch strips. Soak the dried mushrooms until they become soft and spongy. Cut them into small wedges. Cut the pork ribs into pieces. Set these ingredients aside.

In a pot (I used a normal pot), heat up the water and wait for it to boil. As soon as it boils, add the pork ribs. Boil the pork for 10-15 minutes and spoon off the foams that surface. Add in the bean curd sticks, dried mushrooms, and red dates and simmer over low heat for 1-2 hours. Add salt to taste and serve hot.

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  1. May says:

    Ooooh, I like this soup, but you can’t find it at restaurants though…so have to cook it at home.

  2. mama bok says:

    Thank you for the recipe..! i have some fu chook.. and can’t decide what to do with it.. hahha!! so now i can make some good soup.. for me and my brat. ;)

  3. Rasa Malaysia says:

    May – you are correct; I never see this soup at restaurants either.

    Mama Bok – do take pictures and let me know how it goes. :)

  4. mama bok says:

    I certainly would..! thank you again..! and the reason why i am saving the fu chook is because .. asian grocery store is 4hrs away from where i am currently living.

  5. Chris says:

    foo chuk!!!! gosh… what a nice and easy recipe you have there

    the pork ribs in the first picture looks so delicious…you’re killing me

    I’m going to cut the mushrooms into slices… =)~~~ yummy

  6. Anonymous says:

    Can i replace the pork with beef? or will the taste be altered if i do so? Today it is beef pho for lunch at my house & if i have extra time,maybe some spring rolls to go with it!:)will be slurp!slurp! yummmmm;))

  7. Audrey Cooks says:

    Heart warming soup, hmmm sounds great for cold winter days. Haven’t made this for sometime. Thanks for reminding me :D. I bet this is a good time for long simmering stews and casseroles uh?

  8. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Mama Bok – which part of Canada are you in? Wow, this time of the year must be super freezing up there…yes, cook up a big pot of this beancurd sticks soup.

    Chris – you can do without mushrooms. My mom’s version is without mushroom but she used a kind of preserved vegetables instead. I don’t have that here, and I love mushrooms, so there they went inside the soup. ;)

    Paati – I have never tried with beef. I would suggest replacing the pork ribs with chicken actually. If you want a shortcut, you can use 1 can of chicken broth, then add another can of water to dilute it. Then cut your chicken meat (I prefer breast meat in this soup) into small cubes and bring them to boil. The rest stays the same.

    Audrey – yes, winter days mean digging out my crock pot and soup pots and cooking up some hearty soups…and now where is my steamboat pot?! :P

  9. Chubbypanda says:

    You know, I met a Hokkien lady from Singapore in Santa Cruz a few days ago. I had no idea how similar that dialect was to Taiwanese, but she understood every word I said and was able to response in her oddly accented dialect. I guess it makes sense ’cause they’re both from the Hakka language group.

    It now makes a whole lot more sense why so many of the Chinese or nonya dishes you present seem so familiar.

    - Chubbypanda

  10. Rasa Malaysia says:


    Hey, you are Kaki Lang (own people in Hokkien!). Actually, Hokkien dialect is my mother tongue, but my Hokkien is Penang Hokkien– accent is completely different and we speak faster. I can understand Taiwanese dialect too, and you should be able to understand mine!

    See, once upon a time ago, our Chinese ancestors fled China in favor of the “gold” (opportunities) in Nanyang (南洋)hence they ended up in Malaysia and Singapore, etc. Then they intermarried the locals (Malay women) and started cooking up Nyonya dishes (Straits Chinese dishes). Also, most Chinese immigrants came from the Fujian region in China so our dishes are similar to Taiwanese dishes as the “root” is the same!

  11. Passionate Eater says:

    Gorgeous Rasa Malaysia! My mom makes soup with red dates, and I love the sweet and concentrated flavor. Looks so beautiful and delectable. Thanks again for the wonderful recipe!

  12. tigerfish says:

    Can you get those chinese herbs easily from Irvine ? I’m looking for those pre-packed herbal mix in the Bay Area now. Hope it’s as easy to find as in Singapore.

  13. Rasa Malaysia says:

    PE – always a pleasure.

    Tigerfish – For pre-packaged herbal mix, I would advise you to head over to Chinatown.

  14. Pete says:

    Yummy, simple and delicious

  15. Vivien says:

    That bean curd sticks and pork ribs soup look lovely. Thank yu for sharing the recipe.

  16. Kristal says:

    Hi, I love your blog, it is so helpful. I am wondering about you drinking soymilk everyday. Do you have a machine to make it? I love soymilk too, but just don’t know which machine is good so I can make it fresh everyday. What do you recommend? Thanks so much, love your pictures and recipes.

  17. Candace says:

    I have made this soup once every week for a consecutive 3 weeks times and am still liking it so much. This soup is definitely good, not only that it is extremely flavorful, it is also light and clear, perfect to enjoy at any seasons, especially in a hot summer day.

  18. Bessy says:

    I like this recipe, but it’s hard to find the reddates and dried bean curd sticks, even in my asian supermaket (which is usually great!). As these are main ingredients in the dish – I guess there are no alternatives?

    • Sorry no you have to use bean curd sticks.

      • YOUNG LEE says:

        Hello Rasa Malaysia,
        I have been trying to buy/find in local Chinese markets for along time to get some beancurd sticks like the ones in the pork rib soup but I cannot find it anywhere can you please tell me where I can buy these beancurd stick’s? I like to sauteed them along with cucumber slices/sticks…they are my favorite’s. thank you very much YLee

    • susan says:

      Try shop/store selling Chinese medicine(nyok choy poh).

  19. Ruby says:

    I love your recipes. its simple to make and i am to be truthful a newbie in cooking:)

    i have a question, i don;t eat pork. Can i change it to Chicken or other met parts?

    Can i not pit in the red dates?

  20. Nicholas says:

    Can I use chicken frames/bones? I ran out of pork bones

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