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Alexa Fahlman

Recipes for Self Isolation


Lo Bak Tong 

A nostalgic and hearty soup, great for supporting the immune system and reducing stress and anxiety! There was always a pot of this at my po po's apartment ready for our weekend lunch. I    can still smell it from the hallway. 

What you'll need:

  • about  2 lbs. of pork bones (with some meat and tendon ) 
  • 3-4 large slices of fresh ginger
  • salt
  • 1 large lo bak (daikon)
  • 1 star anise
  • 1-2 carrots

optional if you have a Chinese pantry: 

  • dried orange peel
  • dried shan yao (chinese yam)
  • 1 red date 

* if you want to make a veggie/vegan recipe, make your broth out of 5-8 dried shiitake mushrooms.


  • If your meat is fatty, trim off some of the fat, and salt your pork bones overnight.
  • The next morning, bring a large pot of water to a boil and blanch the bones for a minute or so. My Po Po would say this was necessary to "clean the bones", but by this I  think she meant that it will ensure you'll get a clear, clean broth. 
  • Drain the water, and throw your bones into a large soup pot or slow cooker. 
  • Peel your carrots and lo bak and cut into thick 3 inch pieces. Slice ginger into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Add ginger slices, star anise, lo bak, carrots, and any other additional dried ingredients.
  • In a large soup pot or slow cooker, add just enough water to cover your bones. For a slow cooker add about 6-7 cups, and for your pot add 8 cups. Depending on how many people you're cooking for, and how concentrated you'd like your soup to taste, you can play around with these measurements!
  • Bring your broth to a LOW SIMMER, making sure that it never reaches a boil, this will cause your soup to become cloudy. 
  • If your carrots and lo bak begin to get too soft after a couple hours, you can take them out and set aside.
  • Cook for at least  2-3 hours and check your soup every once in a while, the longer it cooks the better! 
  • Serve with salt to taste and a side of rice and dumplings <3

enjoy! and stay healthy :-)