How to Make Delicious Boiled Pork Intestines: A Step-by-Step Guide

Q: Can I replace some of the spices in the recipe?
A: Yes, you can adjust the spices according to your taste, but the combination of star anise, dried hawthorn, and tsao-ko is recommended for authentic flavor.

Q: Is it necessary to boil the intestines twice?
A: Yes, the first boil helps to clean and remove the fat, while the second boil with spices ensures they are flavorful and tender.

Q: How long should I boil the intestines for?
A: Boil them for 30 minutes in the first step to clean them, and then another 30 minutes with the spices for flavor.

Boiled Pork Intestines: A Traditional Chinese Recipe


  • 500g Pork Intestines
  • 5 slices Ginger
  • 1/2 stalk Green Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Cooking Wine
  • Assorted Spices (star anise, dried hawthorn, tsao-ko, etc.)
  1. Clean the pork intestines by removing fat and rinsing with salt and water. Start with cold water in a pot, add green onion segments, ginger slices, and cooking wine. Bring to a boil and skim off any scum.
  2. Add salt and spices such as star anise, dried hawthorn, tsao-ko, etc., and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Use kitchen scissors to cut the intestines into small pieces and continue to simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes. Then, remove from heat.
  4. Your boiled pork intestines are ready to enjoy!
  • High in protein
  • Contains essential amino acids
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals, especially B vitamins and iron
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