Pork Noodle Soup with Cinnamon and Anise

Pork Noodle Soup with Cinnamon and Anise

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  • pounds country-style pork ribs

  • 6

    cups water

  • cup soy sauce

  • cup Chinese Shaoxing wine or medium-dry Sherry

  • ¼

    cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 1

    head garlic, halved crosswise

  • 3

    (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

  • 1

    whole star anise

  • ounces bean thread (cellophane) noodles


Gently simmer all ingredients except noodles in a 6-quart heavy pot, covered, skimming as needed, until pork is very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Transfer pork to a bowl. Discard bones, spices, and garlic. Coarsely shred meat. Skim fat from broth, then return meat and bring to a simmer. Rinse noodles, then stir into broth and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until noodles are translucent and tender, about 6 minutes.


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