Wednesday, 29 October 2014

#ewew cooks (Kim Gary Inspired) Borsch Soup

When I eat at Kim Gary, their set meals usually come with a soup and drink and the soup of choice (for me) has always been the Borsch Soup.  But this is not your typical Russian Borsch Soup which I understand is predominantly made with beetroot and served with sour cream (I googled).

Anyway, I still like this slightly tangy tomato-based soup with loads of vegetables.  The one I'm trying to replicate here is Kim Gary's version (or localised version, I presume)...I hope you like it!


10 pcs pork ribs
1 small carrot
1 stalk celery
1 large red onion
1/4 of a small cabbage
5 tbsp tomato sauce
2 1/2 cups water
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper


Trim off any excess fat on the pork ribs.
Dice up all the vegetables (I buy US celery and Australian tomatoes just because they keep longer in the fridge).


Heat a little olive oil in a saucepan and sear your pork ribs for about 2 mins.  Once you get a nice colour on your ribs, flip them over and sear the other side for a further 2 mins.

Add in all your diced vegetables (except the cabbage) and sautéed for 1 - 2 mins.

You can now add the 2 1/2 cups of water.  Do not worry about the brown bits that are stuck to the bottom of your pan, coz once you deglaze your pan with water, the brown bits add further depth to your broth.

Once your soup comes up to the boiling point, turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 mins.

After that, add in your cabbage.  I add this last as cabbage takes a shorter time to soften than the other vegetables (but if you like your cabbage really soft, you can put in all your vegetables at one's up to you).  Simmer for a further 15 mins.

In the last 5 mins, add in 5 tbsp tomato sauce of your choice (feel free to add more if you want it more 'tomatoey').  I use Alce Nero Organic Tomato Sauce with Basil which I find is not as acidic as some tomato sauce out it comes with basil flavour...and we all know basil and tomato goes well together. 

Season your (almost) ready soup with salt and black pepper to taste.

This was Kim Gary's actual Borsch Soup.....which looked a bit more reddish!

And this was my attempt at making (Kim Gary's) Borsch Soup!  Mine was...close enough (in my books) and heartier as it was packed with a lot more ingredients.  This easy-to-make Borsch Soup is one you can make at home anytime of the day (or night)......and it just takes 30 mins (of simmering away)!
It's beautifully tangy, slightly sweet, it's warm and comforting.....and a welcomed companion on a cold, rainy day!

Serves 2 - 3 as a soup starter (or 1 as a light meal)


  1. Looks good. No problem with the colour, what's most important would be the taste. My girl would probably love this with beef or lamb - she's not really into pork.

    1. Hmmm, it could work with beef too (don't know about lamb though)! For me, lamb probably tastes better in stews than in soups.

  2. ooo, i didn't realise that kim gary does borscht ... i like the look of your creation ... very hearty, very tempting with lots of ingredients, would be perfect for a family dinner :)

    1. Oh, you're too kind. I don't know how it compares in terms of taste....but mine is probably heartier with lots more ingredients =)

  3. I used to do something like this but I used tomato ketchup. I put noodles in and I called it mee jawa even though mee jawa is not like that at all hah..hah.... Must try your version though I have not tasted Borsch before.

    1. In cooking, we improvise all the time...and that's fine. But I wouldn't recommend you to use tomato ketchup for this as ketchup and a good tomato paste tastes really different!

  4. Ooh I do like the traditional borsch soup. Your version looks big and hearty though. I bet it's a delicious tummy filler.

    1. It is....and when we cook it ourselves, you bet it's gonna be hearty...coz we can be extra generous with the ingredients ;)

  5. This is somewhat like chinese abc soup? I used to boil a big pot of abc soup and drink it for a week. I think I have eaten borsch soup at kim gary once but can't remember the taste now. Yours must taste superb.

    1. You could say it's somewhat like ABC soup, as the ingredients are quite similar, but tastes totally different because of the tomato paste. You're too kind...mine tastes ok ok lar...not superb!


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