Flu-busting Pork Broth

As with so many of my dishes, this one came about by accident. With a fridge full of leftovers (and not much else), I needed to make something that my manflu-inflicted teenage son would eat. Leftover roast pork and leftover rice are brilliant starts to loads of dishes; this one needed to taste good, but also be chock full of nutritious tricks to knock a nasty chest infection on the head. Ginger for nausea and that ‘bleurgh’ feeling, turmeric as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, miso to be gentle on the gut, coriander for vitamins C and K – this soup has it all!

This soup’s easy to make gluten free; just check your stock and miso don’t have gluten in them and you’ll be sweet.

Flu-Busting Pork Broth

Ready in 15 minutes. Serves 2


  • 400g leftover roast pork (beef and chicken work too)
  • 10ml coconut oil (I used Olivado liquid coconut oil
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • Handful finely shredded raw cabbage (I used red cabbage)
  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped (seeds optional)
  • 3 cups good stock (I used homemade chicken stock – use one with lots of flavour)
  • 2 teaspoons shoyu (white miso paste)
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover cooked rice (rice noodles work if you don’t have leftover rice)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 10ml fish sauce
  • Handful fresh coriander
  • Salt & pepper, to season
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • Drizzle avocado oil with lemon zest, to finish


Cut pork into bite-sized pieces.

Heat oil in a heavy-based saucepan, and fry pork pieces until crispy on the outside. Add sliced spring onions, red cabbage and chilli, and stir well, making sure the ingredients don’t catch in the pan.

When pork mix is hot, add stock and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Mix through miso paste, reduce to a simmer and add leftover rice. (If using rice noodles, cook according to packet instructions before adding.) Add a pinch of cayenne, fish sauce and half the coriander and stir through. Season to taste and remove from heat.

Once soup is off the boil, carefully mix through beaten egg. Aim to mix the egg through the soup, but don’t worry if you see a few yellow threads – they taste lovely!

Serve broth in two bowls, top with coriander and finish with a drizzle of lemon zest avocado oil. Serve with lots of love and cuddles to the poorly person.