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Boil Up

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 mins
  • Yield: 5-6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Kiwi


Boil Up is a traditional method of cooking used by Maori’s in New Zealand where starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, pumpkins are boiled together with pork bones, spinach/watercress and dumplings called dough boys.


  • 1 1/2 pork ribs
  • 1 pc bacon hock
  • 3 medium sized potatoes, cubed
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large onions
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt


  1. In a large pot add pork ribs and fill it with boiling water just enough to cover the meat. Boil for 5 minutes then drain. Clean ribs and remove any scum.
  2. Place ribs, pork hock and onions back and fill again with boiling water just enough to cover the meat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Make you dough boys by combining flour, baking powder and water. Form into ball slightly larger than golf balls then set aside.
  4. Remove ribs from the pot then set it aside then add potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Bring back to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the dough boys and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
  6. Add the ribs back and watercress, cook until watercress is tender which might take 5 more minutes.