ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Spicy Thai Pork Rib Soup - Tom Yum Gadook Moo

Updated on April 7, 2010

Here’s a spicy and tasty Thai soup that isn’t at all hard to make and that requires no premade stock or any hard to find ingredients.

So next time you’re cooking up some BBQ ribs, cut off a few and reserve and you’ll have what you need to make this very satisfying spicy Thai soup later in the week.

Serve this as a part of a larger Thai meal with steamed jasmine rice

Spicy Thai Pork Rib Soup

  • 1 lb of pork ribs, cut into 1 inch segments. Use a meat cleaver to chop through the bones. If you can, try to get ribs with as little fat and as much meat as possible
  • 3 lemon grass sticks – smash with the side of your knife to ‘bruise it’ and then cut into 2 inch segments
  • 4 thin slices of galangal (each about the size of a slice of cucumber)
  • 5 lime leaves, torn
  • 10 cherry tomatoes (or about 5 plum tomatoes) cut in half
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onion (cut into 1 inch segments)
  • ½ cup of chopped cilantro (also cut into 1 inch segments)
  • 1 Tbls plus 2 tsps of fish sauce
  • 1 Tbls of salt
  • 2 tsps of sugar
  • 2 Tbls of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 20 Thai bird chilies (use less if you don’t like spicy food)
  • 9 cups of water


  1. Add lemon grass, galangal and lime leaves to the 9 cups of water in a pot. Bring this to a boil.
  2. Once the water has reached a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and add in the pork ribs and close the lid and let it simmer gently for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add in the fish sauce, salt, sugar, tomatoes and chilies, and boil for 2 or 3 minutes, or until the tomatoes have cooked and softened.
  4. Turn off the heat and then add in the cilantro, the green onions and the lime juice.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary

Eat with a spoon and fork, and be prepared to get your hands involved as you chew the tasty meat off the bones. Although this won’t be falling off the bone tender, it won’t be tough either.

Although 20 Thai bird chilies sounds like an insane amount, this soup is only regular spicy, and very manageable for anyone who enjoys a spicy food.

In Thailand, you can conveniently buy all you need to make a spicy soup like this in one little bundled package!
In Thailand, you can conveniently buy all you need to make a spicy soup like this in one little bundled package!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • febriedethan profile image


      8 years ago from Indonesia

      Yummy..I live in tropical country and those ingredients are easy to get, definitely will make it for lunch, very refreshing, thank you :)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)