Soup Name: Turtle and Lean Pork Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 水魚瘦豬肉湯 (shuǐ yú shòu zhū ròu tāng)
A warm and healing soup, it’s often recommended for cold winter days or confinement. The turtle meat is said to be a nourishing meat (similar to chicken) and should be avoided if you are sick. From our experience, even when properly cleaned, soft-shelled turtle meat may have a taste of the “sea” and may require ginger to counter the taste.
See a lighter variation of this soup here: Longan Meat in Turtle Soup
What Ingredients are required?
1 whole fresh soft shell turtle
1 pound of fresh pork shank
15 dried longans
6 slices of dried Chinese yam
3 slices of ginger
8 dried dates (for sweetness. Use red dates for confinement soups.)
3 – 4L of water
How do I prepare it?
- Pre-marinate the pork with salt and let sit for at least one hour (overnight is best)
- Wash turtle meat and shell
- In a pan, fry meat and shell with ginger on high heat until cooked
- Blanch the pork in a separate pot of boiling water
- Boil your soup water
- Soak and wash dried longans, Chinese yams, and dates
- When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
- Boil on high for 30 minutes and then simmer on medium heat for another 3 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
- A nourishing soup ideal for confinement
- Good for urinary infections and bladder
- Helps with asthma and breathing complications (such as shortage of breath)
- The shell is an excellent source of collagen
- Thoroughly clean and wash turtle, including the shell
- This soup is “heaty”
- Do not drink turtle (or chicken) soup if you are sick