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macaroni soup with quail eggs, pork bones and carrot

Macaroni Soup with Pork Ribs

The best comfort food with few basic ingredients and super easy cooking process: macaroni soup with pork ribs for your every day meal.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Blanching & Ice water bath time 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 people


  • 2 stock pots
  • 1 big bowl for ice water bath
  • 1 sachet


  • 1 pack macaroni
  • 8 qt water for cooking soup
  • 4 qt water for blanching
  • 1 big white onion
  • 2 lb pork ribs washed, pat dry
  • 3 medium carrot cut into big pieces
  • 3 medium daikon cut into big pieces
  • 2 tbsp fried garlic
  • 2 tbsp fried shallot
  • 10 quail eggs boiled, peeled, as needed, optional


  • 1 tbsp whole black pepper corn
  • 5 sprig cilantro stem


  • ½ c fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp chicken bouillon
  • Kosher salt for adjust taste

Garnish & sides

  • green onion chopped
  • Thai chilies chopped
  • fish sauce as needed
  • lime wedges


For blanching

  • In the first stock pot, bring 4qt of water to boil. Have your ice water ready on the side.
  • Submerge pork ribs completely in boiling water and hard boil for 5-10 minutes to get rid of all blood and impurities.
  • Take pork ribs out of boiling water and immediately submerge in ice water bath. Let the ribs cool down in ice water bath for 10-15 minutes.

For making soup stock

  • In the second stock pot, bring 8 wt of water to boil. Add whole white onion, sachet, and pork bones (already cool down to at least room temperature). Bring the whole pot to boil then lower the heat to simmer.
  • Simmer the whole pot for 1.5 hours. Do not stir the pot. Gradually skim any impurities floating on the surface (if any).
  • After 1.5 hours, discard whole white onion and sachet. Add cut pieces of carrot in the pot and simmer for another 15 minutes. Then add daikon, fried garlic, fried shallot and continue to cook on the same heat level for another 15 minutes.
  • Add seasoning. Use Kosher salt to adjust the taste according to your references (if needed). Continue to skim impurities if any. Lower the heat below simmer level, just enough to keep the soup pot hot but not boiling.

For macaroni

  • Proceed according to instructions on its package

Assemble & serve

  • In a medium bowl, add enough cooked macaroni, ladle the soup and add few pork ribs in the bowl. Add quail eggs, garnish with chopped green onion, extra fried garlic. And serve on the side a small plate includes fish sauce and chopped Thai chili.