Dried and Fresh Bok Choy in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Dried and Fresh Bok Choy in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name:  菜乾白菜湯 (cài gān bái cài tāng)

Introduction:
This cooling soup is really sweet and delicious! With a combination of dried and fresh bok choy, it’s a basic soup with minimal ingredients. You can adjust the “coolness” of the soup by adding more or less ginger, but it’s great to help fight off fever, a heaty body, an inflamed tongue, a mouth full of cold sores or canker sores. Really, no salt needed – just be sure to rinse and wash the dried bok choy super well, or you’ll have lots of added protein (the little flies that always seem to be embedded during the curing process!).



Amount serves: 5-6 large soup bowls (around 300 mL each)

What Ingredients are required?

500 g of fresh pork shank
100 g of fresh bok choy
50 g of dried bok choy
6 large dried dates
3 slices of fresh ginger
20 g of apricot kernals

2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Blanch the pork shank in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Soak the dried bok choy in warm water for 15 minutes
  3. Rinse the dried bok choy in running water 2-3 times (to remove the dried bugs that get embedded during the curing process)
  4. Boil you soup water
  5. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for about 30 minutes and set to medium boil (covered) for another hour
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Help relieve heatiness in the body
  • Helps cool the body in the hot days
  • This soup is beneficial to help moisten, heal and cleanse the lungs
  • It’s a good base soup (to add carrots and corn and other vegetables)
  • You can use any combination of the bok choys (if you have more dried, use dried or if you can’t find any fresh bok choy)
  • Excellent high fiber soup and low in fat and calories
  • Both dried and fresh bok choy are high in Vitamin C and rich in antioxidants (which help prevent and slow the aging process)

Any precautions?

  • Not ideal for those in confinement or the first trimester of their pregnancy (as the soup is cooling and can cause contractions)
  • Be sure to thoroughly rinse both the dried and fresh bok choy (to remove pesticides, dirt and bugs)

Bok Choy with Chinese Ham in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Bok Choy with Chinese Ham in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 菜乾火腿湯 (cài gān huǒ tuǐ tāng)

Introduction:

One of the best smelling Chinese soups I have ever made.  It is deliciously sweet and extremely beneficial to the lungs with it’s perfect combination of Chinese herbs that target to moisturize, heal, cleanse the lungs.  The dried bok choy and preserved Chinese ham are a great and common Cantonese combination for soups.

1 pound of fresh pork shank
3 large carrots
2 fresh corn
50 g of dried bok choy
100 g of Chinese preserved ham

1/8 of a luo han guo
1 piece of dried tangerine peel
1 tablespoon of apricot kernals
20 g of rice beans
4 honey dates
1 Codonopsis Pilosula Root (5 g)
3 g of wind weed rhizome
3 g of root bark of White Mulberry
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh pork shank in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Prepare carrots and corn by cutting into edible pieces
  4. Rinse well in warm water the dried bok choy and all of the additives (other ingredients)
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to simmering for another 1.5 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Great for healing, aiding and cleansing the lungs
  • Ideal for relieving cough symptoms
  • Helps remove some heatiness

Any precautions?

  • Considered a cooling soup, so women who are less than 3 months pregnant should take caution
  • People who also can’t take too cooling soups should drink less (or avoid)

Bok Choy

Ingredient Name: Bok Choy or Chinese Cabbage
Traditional Chinese Name: 白菜 (báicài)
What is this?
  • Bok Choy is part of the cabbage family and is often called chinese cabbage
  • It has thick, white stalks and dark green leaves that have a round shape
  • Bok choy is available as mature bok choy or baby bok choy
  • It is often used in a variety of Asian dishes (the Koreans use this for kim-chi)
  • Fresh bok choy has a good shelf life of up to a week in the fridge

How do I prepare it?

  • Wash thoroughly with cool water (bok choy usually has a lot of sand and dirt in them)
  • Remove any wilted or yellow leaves

Where can I buy this?

  • You can buy fresh bok choy from most supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • Fresh bok choy is very affordable and costs around $1.50 – $2.00 CAD per 20 stalks

Any benefits?

  • Bok choy is a good source of calcium, vitamin C, and is high in antioxidants
  • It is a high fibre and low calorie vegetable
  • It is sustainable in growth in a variety of weather conditions and therefore can easily be grown almost anywhere in the world

Any precautions?

  • You must soak and clean this product prior to consumption to remove any pesticides and dirt

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Bok Choy (Dried)

Ingredient Name: Bok Choy (Dried) or Chinese Cabbage
Traditional Chinese Name: 菜乾 (cài gān)
What is this?
  • Bok Choy is part of the cabbage family and is often called chinese cabbage
  • It has thick, white stalks and dark green leaves that have a round shape
  • Drying the bok choy dates back from Chinese history as a way to preserve the vegetable after the harvest season
  • It is often used in a variety of Asian dishes (the Koreans use this for kim-chi)
  • Dried bok choy is highly sustainable in dry weather and can keep for at least 6 months in a sealed container

How do I prepare it?

  • When removed from package, you need to soak the dried bok choy in warm water for at least an hour
  • Wash thoroughly with cool water (bok choy usually has a lot of sand and dirt in them)
  • Cut into smaller, edible pieces if required

Where can I buy this?

  • You can buy this fresh from most supermarkets
  • Dried bok choy is usually found in Asian supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • Dried bok choy is usually sold pre-packaged and costs around $3 – 5 CAD / package (containing around 5 large adult bok choys similar to those pictured above)

Any benefits?

  • Bok choy is a good source of calcium, vitamin C, and is high in antioxidants
  • It is a high fibre and low calorie vegetable
  • It is sustainable in growth in a variety of weather conditions and therefore can easily be grown almost anywhere in the world

Any precautions?

  • You must soak and clean this product prior to consumption to remove any preservatives, pesticides and dirt

Chinese like to use dried bok choy as there is a certain type of taste that comes with it when boiled in soup.  Fresh bok choy will not give you the same taste, but is probably nutritionally better for you.  When making soups, I usually use both dried and fresh to have the best of both worlds.