I love eating Korean food, especially the Pork Bone Soup (Gamjatang). But in Kingston there isn’t a place that offers the big hot pot on stove, but only individual portions (think small bowl), which is totally not the same experience!
Being curious and adventurous, I decided to try make my own, especially because I have already learnt to make a pork bone soup base, so going from there was a lot easier.
I must warn you though that this is quite time consuming, and will take upwards of five to six hours to make, mostly because simmering the soup base take 4-5 hours.
So let’s Begin!
Step 1. Cut and wash your Pork.
Traditionally it’s Pork Shoulders, but I find you don’t get a lot of meat, so I have switched it out for Pork Side Ribs, which goes on sale very often at local supermarkets.
Cut your Pork ribs into slices, give them a wash, and then put them into a big pot filled with water.
Step 2. Boil the water and scoop out the dirty stuff.
Boil the water on high heat, and you will notice blood foams will start to appear on the surface. Scoop those out as they form, and keep boiling until no more foam appears.
Step 3: Drain the water and wash meat again.
This is a very important step to make sure the pork broth/soup is crystal clear. Drain the dirty water out, and wash the meat under running water again thoroughly. I usually check for any popped veins or blood clots and remove them.
Also remember to clean your cooking pot and fill with water again.
Step 4: Simmer the soup!
Yay it’s finally time to actually make the soup. Put the cleaned pork into the pot again, add mushrooms, ginger, and garlic. Skip onions and other vegetables that will become mushy after being cooked for 5 hours, we will add those later.
Cook on high until the water boils, and then simmer on low for 4-5 hours.
You are free to do other stuff!
Step 5: Make the actual Korean Pork Bone Soup
Once you’re finished with simmering the soup, it should become a nice rich but clear broth/stock that you can also use for making noodles, stir fry vegetables with, and any other use you like!
Then you scoop out some soup from that along with however much meat you want into another pot for the Gamjatang.
Here you can add sliced potatoes, green onions, cabbage, bean sprouts, or any other vegetables you like. I also mixed the soup base with just a bit of water so it’s not overly rich.
Then in a small bowl, mix Fish Sauce, soy bean paste (spicy or non-spicy), chili flakes/sauce, and then mix that all in the pot and boil for 30 min.
And voila, enjoy your very own Pork Bone Soup!