It's winter here in Sydney. Winter is great for soup. I made this simple beef bone soup with onion, garlic and ginger to keep myself warm and to drive the flu away.
- 3-4 pieces of beef bones. Try to get bones with a bit of meat on them.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 8-10 cloves of peeled garlic
- Small piece of ginger, crushed
- Salt as taste
- Pepper as taste
- Clean the beef bones with cold water.
- Boil the bones for about 8-10 minutes and throw away the water. This will get rid of blood and other residue.
- In a large pot, boil the bones again. Throw in onion, garlic and ginger. Add salt and pepper. Cover and boil in high heat.
- After 30 minutes or so, you may see fat or froth floating on the water. Get rid of the froth with a ladle and continue boiling. You may need to add more water at this point. Don't be afraid to add water. You will be boiling for a long time.
- After boiling for about an hour, you can get the first serve ready. Add water and keep boiling. The more you boil the bones, the colour gets whiter and clearer. You may need to add more salt and pepper.
- After 2 or 3 serves, you may need to add more onion, ginger and garlic.
- Keep repeating the process and keep drinking. After several serves, the meat starts separating from the bones and gets really nice and tender.