Stewed Pork Bones

Here is a great recipe that’s delicious, easy to make, and best of all budget friendly! Yes, a very inexpensive and yummy meaty meal of stewed pork bones infused with spices like cinnamon, fennel, coriander, and star anise. This dish is braised in sugar, soy sauce, and Chinese cooking wine which by the end of cooking creates this ultra glossy sticky sauce that’s so finger licking good! Most fun of all is sucking out the marrow from the bones and picking away at the little bits of meat.

I have to say in all my years eating, the best morsels of meat are usually near the bone. My husband and I first had a dish similar to this when we were dining out one night at a local San Diego Chinese restaurant. Boiled pork bones didn’t sound too appealing at first but when it came it was so much more than that. This dish came as a heaping pile of cooked pork leg bones braised in some sort of fragrant soy sauce mixture. The waiter gave us each a handy pair of disposable gloves and we went to town nibbling and sucking bits of delicious morsels of seasoned meat. A real treat!

Recently, my husband was craving this dish again so I decided to make it ourselves at home….hence this recipe! The important part of this dish is to get the right pork bones. What you want are the cut leg bones which you can find at your local butcher. I usually choose the ones with as much meat attached for good eating and these are pretty cheap running about $2-3 per pound. This is a stove top dish so like my other braised meat recipes just dump, simmer, and reduce then you’re all good to go. Serve with a bowl of rice on the side and some veggies and you’ve got a complete meal. Try this out the next time you want something easy and satisfying for dinner!

Stewed Pork Bones

Prep time: 10 min     
Cook time: 1 h   
Total time: 1 h 10 min   
Servings: 4


  • 2 lb pork leg bone pieces
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp dark corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp miso paste
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 1 green onion


  1. In a large pot place pork leg bone pieces and fill with just enough water to cover. Bring the water to a boil and simmer on low for 10 min.
  2. Drain the pork bones and rinse thoroughly to clean off any scum or impurities then place them in another clean pot.
  3. Add all the ingredients to the pot and fill with cold water until just covering the bones.
  4. Bring to a boil then simmer uncovered for at least an hour until the meat is tender.
  5. After simmering, turn the heat to high and reduce the liquid until it becomes thick, dark, and glossy.
  6. Serve the pork bones warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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