Asian Pork Soup

January is here and it is officially the kick off of Charleston's short Winter! Naturally, we need to take advantage of Soup Season! Soup is definitely a theme around the house these days since everyone in our family has the sniffles and a little bug here and there. I am sure we are not the only family with a case of the winter blues. You simply can't beat a warm bowl of soup for a loved one feeling under the weather. Now I have a house full of hearty eaters so I need a filling, flavorful, one pot dish to keep my crew happy! The fresh ginger in this soup not only gives the flavor profile a boost, but I have to believe it has healing properties as well! The best part about this soup is you can just throw it in the pot! Stay warm this winter!


  1. Sauté the red pepper and mushrooms until soft
  2. Remove from the pot and add the bacon grease and pork then sauté on high breaking apart the ground pork until cooked through
  3. Add the red pepper mixture back into the post along with the remainder of the liquid
  4. Slowly simmer for 45 minutes to an hour
  5. Add kale at this point and simmer for another 25 minutes

You'll Need

  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Mix the above together well
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 8 ounces of your choice mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • Sauté the above in your stock pot to begin
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease, use to sauté the pork mixture
  • 10 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 12 cups of kale, this should be added about 30 minutes before serving

Garnish With

  1. Chopped green onions
  2. Chopped mixed cilantro, basil, and mint
  3. Peanuts
  4. Sliced limes