Isan Pork Cabbage Soup ( Tom Jub Chay Gardook Mu )

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This is another Isan dish from north eastern Thailand. It is a slow cooked soup made with pork, chinese green leaf cabbage, and shitake mushrooms. In Isan it's traditional to eat soups like this with sticky rice, the soup is used as a dip for the rice. Isan food is usually in this style, big on flavour, low on presentation.

Ingredients for Large Family
1000 gms Pork Bone For Soup
1.5 ltrs Water
1 Stock Cube
2 Coriander Roots
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper Corns
3 Garlic Cloves
5 Tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
4 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
2 Teaspoons Salt
2 Teaspoons Sugar
4 Shitake Mushrooms
30 gms Chinese Radish
1000 gms Green Chinese Cabbage
500 gms Spinach

Preparation
1. Soak the dried shitake mushrooms for 10 minutes.
2. Pound the garlic with the black pepper corns and coriander roots until well ground and put into a large soup pan, together with the water.
3. Bring to the boil, add salt, sugar, light soy sauce, oyster sauce and the stock cube and boil on a high heat.
4. When the water is boiling, clean the pork bone and add to the pan.
5. Peel the chinese radish, slice it into 3 cm lengths and put into the soup.
6. Add the shitake mushrooms to the soup and simmer for 1 hour.
7. Then chop the green chinese cabbage into 4 cm lengths and the spinach and put into the soup.
8. Simmer for 30 more minutes.
9. Serve warm.

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