Basic Chinese Pork Stock 湯底
Stock such as this basic pork stock is an ingredient you come across often if you regularly cook Chinese food (or any other serious dishes).
A good stock provides a solid foundation to whatever dish you intend to make and enhances the overall flavor profile. And from my personal experience, it’s also one of the ingredients that sets apart the restaurant quality food from homemade dishes.
so let’s get down to the basics today and make a very basic Chinese style pork bone stock.
Stock vs Broth
Don’t want to sound too technical but let’s be clear about the difference between stock and broth which are used interchangeably sometimes.
A stock is a liquid flavored with bones and sometimes other basic ingredients as you see fit. It’s used as a foundation and doesn’t have to have a specific flavor. Basically it’s at the bottom of the food chain.
Broth is one step above in the food chain. Not only you use bones but also meat and/or vegetables in your broth. It usually has its own flavor profile and can be used directly to make a soup.
The most common basic stock in Chinese cooking or 湯底 is made from pork leg bones, chicken carcass, beef leg bones, or any combination of these.
For demonstration purpose, I’ll show you how to make a pork bone clear stock using these pork leg bones which are easy to find in Chinese grocery stores. You can follow the exact same technique to make chicken stock, beef stock, or chicken/pork stock which is popular in Chinese restaurant industry.
If you are not able to find the leg bones, can substitute with other types of pork bones such as neck bones or backbones.
Lastly, I’d like to mention that this stock is extremely versatile. Basically, you can replace water with this stock in making sauces or more complicated soup dishes. Also, this stock can be used directly in my Hot Pot recipe.
Pork Bone Soup
Yield: 4-5 Quarts
Prep Time:30 min
Cook Time:60+ min
Total Time:90+ min
- 3lb pork leg bones, broken into halves
- 1/2 cup Shaoxing cooking wine
- 2 slice ginger
- 1 scallion