Soup Name:  Chayotes and Corn with Seabed Coconut in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 合掌瓜玉米海底椰豬骨湯 (hup jeung gwa yù mǐ hai di ye zhū gǔ tāng) 
A neutral soup that aids with cough and cold symptoms, it’s mildly sweet and brings moisture to the body.  Rich ingredients make for a rich broth.  Baby and pregnant friendly, it’s a great soup!

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones 
15 fresh chestnuts
3-4 fresh chayotes
2-3 fresh corn
5-6 fresh seabed coconuts (or Coco de Mer)
1 piece of dried tangerine peel
2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the pork)

How do I prepare it? 

  1. Pre-marinate the pork bones overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Blanch pork bones in a separate pot of boiling water
  4. Wash chestnuts and boil for 10 minutes (or until shell is soft)
  5. Peel chestnuts while they are still hot (use gloves or towel)
  6. Wash, cut and cube chayotes (with skin) and corn 
  7. Wash and soak seabed coconut and tangerine peel
  8. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
  9. Boil on high for thirty minutes, reduce to a simmer boil for another 2 hours
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Helps with cough symptoms
  • Neutral soup ideal for children and pregnant woman
  • Chestnuts help add moisture to body
  • Low in fat soup with high protein value in its content

Any precautions?

  • Be sure to purchase seabed coconut from a reliable source
  • If intended for helping cough symptoms, don’t use carrots (as carrots will enhance coughing)