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Ham Bone Sour Vegetable Soup

Submitted by on April 20, 2009 – 12:27 pm5 Comments | 32,319 views

Soup Name:  Ham Bone Sour Vegetable Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 豬骨酸菜湯 (zhū gǔ suan cai tāng)


The leftover bones from a holiday ham or turkey can be used to create a delicious, flavourful soup base.  In this case, we used an Easter ham and combined it with traditional Chinese ingredients to create a favourite soup from our childhood, a sour vegetable soup.

The preserved mustard greens combine with the saltiness of the ham to create a clear, tangy broth with a unique, warm flavour that is easy to drink.   It’s also great for children because of the neutral ingredients.

This soup is very easy to make with very little prep work.  

What Ingredients are required?

1 leftover ham bone
A few pieces fresh pork bones (optional, only if the ham bone is small)
1 package preserved mustard greens
3 pieces dried scallop
2 pieces dried string figs

How do I prepare it?

  1. Rinse and then soak the dried scallop and figs in cool water for at least 30 minutes
  2. Boil your soup water and put in the ham bone, pork bones (optional), dried scallops and dried figs 
  3. Boil for one hour
  4. Rinse the preserved mustard greens briefly in water and chop into smaller pieces
  5. 10 minutes before serving the soup, put the preserved mustard greens in and boil a few minutes longer
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • This soup is easy to make and tasty
  • It is also great for children who may appreciate the tangy taste

Any precautions?

  • If the ham bone is too large for your soup pot, you may consider bringing it to a butcher to cut into smaller pieces.


  • Kim says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Can I exclude the Ham bone for this soup?


  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Kim,
    Sure, would you want to substitute another meat? Or use less sour vegetable as it can be quite overpowering. Hope this helps! Lisa

  • baby says:

    Hi LadyTong,

    I just made this soup and I found this delicious. Thank you for this recipe. The is the first time I made soup for my pregnancy. It was easy enough to follow. However I just made it with pork bones with a bit on meat on it. I did not want to use ham. I tried to make a soup using your recipe with some leftover ham and found it was too salty. Just using pork bone was perfect for me.


  • Elaine says:

    What if I don’t have leftover ham bone? Is there something else I can use??

  • LadyTong says:

    Hi Elaine, you can replace with Chinese Preserved Ham, the thick cut types where you can buy at the wet marts that come in a block. That’s a great replacement! Alternatively, any pork bones will do as well and add some preserved Chinese vegetables (the yellow type, which is a bit salty) to help balance the sour of the vegetables. Hope this helps! Lisa

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