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Why can't you make soup with pork meat?

Anyone tried?

asked by GIOVANNI50 over 5 years ago

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added over 5 years ago

Any cut really. Wasn't aware.

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added over 5 years ago

Pork shoulder, pork neck bones, pig ears, trotters (feet)...Go on from there.

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added over 5 years ago

Cooking up pork bones (and fat and other bits) for broth does smell kind of funky, but makes good broth (a lot of ramen is made with pork broth, and may also contain slices of pork). Most split pea soup and clam chowder contain bacon or salt pork. Many soups also feature sausage, for both flavor and texture.
Probably most recipes don't call for the lower-fat cuts of pork though, except to be added at the end because they don't lend much flavor to the broth, and there's a point between just-done and slow-cooked-to-perfection when your meat is just tough-flavorless-protein-that-might-be-pork.

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added over 5 years ago

I forgot about ramens which is funny because that's my all time comfort food. There's nothig better than a hot, steaming bowl of ramen with a big slice of pork! Yum...

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added over 5 years ago

Lots of bean soups are made with ham bones or ham hocks. That's certainly pork. I think there's a (oldd-time) perception that pork was fatty, and so the broth/stock would be too fatty. I've never heard of a consomme or bouillon made with pork, however.

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added over 5 years ago

David Chang's Momofuku Ramen Broth made from a pork leg (plus some chicken legs and bacon) is outstanding! Time-consuming but easy to make. We used it to cook up green beans; as a base for noodle soups; to braise some mushrooms; whatever.

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added over 5 years ago

Pork tenderloin is very good in chili (not technically a soup) and a nice lean alternative to some cuts of beef.

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added over 5 years ago

I actually much prefer a pork based stock than chicken based stock. In cooking Chinese soups, pork based soup has a sweeter quality to it.

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added over 5 years ago

My Polish Mother-In-Law makes pork broths all the time, and many of her soups feature pork meat as well. I've never dis-liked anything she cooks and fat can always be removed from broth.

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added over 5 years ago

Wow, never heard you couldn't! I love Pho and Ramen broths made with pork. And if you're comin' down here to my neck of the woods (Texas), well Greens and Neck Bones with Pot Likker is one of the 8th wonders of the South!

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