Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bone Broth / Super Collagen Soup - (骨胶汤 / 胶原蛋白汤)

So you want to look young and radiant?

Forget about Botox! Drink Bone Broth for amazing skin! This magic pot of collagen soup could make your skin looks great!

This prolonged cooking of bones in water will give you results in a broth rich in nutritional constituents that promotes strength, nourish, help to prevent bone and connective tissue disorders and improves collagen level in your body!

Take a look at this real stuff. My bone broth produces a rubbery gelatin when chilled.

Home-made broth made from bones produces as much more nutritious gelatin that contains a wide range of minerals and amino acids. Most commercial gelatin products are made from animal skin and often contain MSG and something else that we might not know. Well. I'd prefer to consume real stuff, and cheaper too.

I prepared the soup in advance, chilled it. And I use the bone broth for some comforting noodles soup over the weekend. Of course, you could drink the soup just like that. Without noodles. It's up to you :)

Who doesn't know the goodness of collagen? I'd say, every woman should know! Collagen is the same as gelatin. It's just that the word Collagen used for its form when found in the body, and gelatin refers to the extracted collagen that is used as food. Gelatin is rich in amino acids. Although it is not a complete protein itself, it provides many amino acids and therefore decreases the amount of complete protein needed by the body.

Now, let me tell you where can you find collagen in nature and you could forget about botox. You see collagen almost everyday. It's in the skin, bones and joints of animals! For those people who say NO to pig skins, you totally have no idea how much collagen they have in there.

  • 2 Huge Pork Bones 大猪骨
  • 2 Chicken Carcass 鸡骨/鸡壳
  • 20pcs Chicken Feet 鸡脚
  • 200g Ground Nut / Raw Peanut, 花生 (Optional)
  • 4.5L Water 
  • Salt to taste (Optional)
  1. Pre-soak the peanuts overnight (or at least 5 hours) before use. Remove the skin from soaked peanut by rubbing it hard with each other. The reason is because I would prefer my soup to have a clearer broth. Peanut skins gives your soup darker color. Rinse the peanuts until water runs clear.
  2. Rinse pork bones, chicken carcass, chicken feet, parboil them for 3 to 5mins. Rinse again.
  3. In a big soup pot, add in everything except salt. Bring to a boil for 10mins. Then reduce heat and simmer the soup over low heat for 4 hours. 
  4. After simmering the bones for several hours, remove all the bones and strain the broth. I wanted clear broth. So, I strained the broth 2nd time through a very fine hair sieve. You should get about 2L broth after strained. If you are drinking it fresh, lightly salt it. If you are keeping it as a stock for future use, it salt it only when you reheat it for consumption.
Let me tell you my way of sourcing collagen. This! All the bones here! Go ahead and add more bones if you want. No strict rules here. Adding pork hooves is awesome idea too. Trust me! :)

This is a pot of powerful soup. When you cook the bones, it breaks down the collagen and it becomes easily digestible. I added peanut in there, because peanuts gives extra nutrients. But if you are adding peanuts into the soup (like me), please please please pre-soak your peanut overnight and wash them well. If not, your soup will turn dark color. Peanut skin gives you dark soup.

If you have Crockpot or slow cooker at home, do use it. Cooking the broth on low setting is an easy way to cook broth for a prolonged time. Do bear in mind that it is a must to remove the surface scum that arises occasionally during the cooking process to achieve nicer tasting and clear looking broth.

  1. Par-boiling and rinsing the bones before cooking and simmering the broth at low low heat is important. It helps to produce a clear broth as it greatly reduces the amount of residue in the liquid.
  2. The broth should be set to cool until the fat hardens on top. Then, remove the fat and refrigerate the broth. It will keep well in the refrigerator for a week, or upto a month in the freezer. 
  3. If your broth is properly prepared, it will gives you a rubbery, jellylike consistency broth due to the high gelatin content of the collagen. It is a great idea to prepare in advance, reheat it as a simple nutritious drink, or like me, use it for noodles.  
And if your broth looks like jello after it is chilled, YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!!! 

I reheat the jello-like bone broth to cook up some noodles here. It's simple, delicious, nutritious, and you don't need instant noodles anymore!

Ahhh!!! I love collagen! God knows how much! Look at the broth!

This is a super collagen soup. My grandma once told me that this super collagen soup is really good for complexion!

It's beauty soup. Please drink more!!! Haha...

You may also like Chicken Feet Peanut Soup (花生鸡脚汤)


  1. Annie, this stuff is GOLD! Please give my regards to your Grandma on this wonderful 'Beauty Soup'. Can't wait to try it our myself :) God Bless!

    1. Thanks Erica. Pls try. It's good! :D

  2. So happy to read this.Came here looking for your 猪脚醋 recipe (also a beauty soup, pork trotter contains lots of collagen and gelatine). Why? Cause am vain *shy* hehe. But manatahu you posted a REAL, more gao beauty soup LOL. Like kena bonus yeay now I go make ^_^ Thank you for posting!!

    Love your recipes, as they remind me of what my mum makes <3 Thank you!!

    1. Hey Su Vin, yes! It is good! U have to cook them! Super Collagen!!! :D

  3. Hi Annielicious

    No doubt pig skin has collagen but there is plenty of fat. Hence, not worth eating the pig skin to obtain this form of natural collagen if I know I am going to put on weight.

    But your clear soup broth is worthy source in obtaining natural collagen because when the soup is put in the fridge overnight, the fat formed on top can be easily be skimmed off before using the fat-less gelatin.

    Priscilla Poh

    1. Hi Pris, Pig skin without fats intact is fine to eat as long as you know how to prepare them :)

  4. Annie, I am sold! Buying bones and chicken feet this weekend. I want to be a rock star too LOL!

    1. Phong Hong, remember to let me know the result ok? Add more chicken feet!!! :D

  5. 哇。好浓香的汤底 ~ 加上面条和太阳蛋,好赞。好赞。

  6. Hi Annie, You are genius! Thanks for sharing ♥♥♥

  7. Hi, really like your blog and especially the soup you've made. Will definitely try this!

  8. Thanks for recipe. I try it, got my jelly. Is the jelly suppose to translucent clear?

    1. Hi Celyn, not entirely translucent. It's slightly milky :)

  9. Hi Annie
    Can this recipe be done with a slow cooker? If so, how?

  10. Thanks for sharing Annie, If I use a slow cooker or pressure cooker do I have to reduce the water since it will not evaporate as fast as boiling from stove.


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