Soup Name: Corn, Pumpkin and Carrots in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 玉米南瓜紅蘿蔔湯 (yù mǐ nán guā hóng luóbo tāng)
Introduction: Another variation of vegetable pork broth. The beauty of pork broth and natural vegetables is the different types of soups you can make based on seasonality and availability of various vegetables. I like orange veggies because of their intensity of beta-carotene and it eats like a meal. Just another great soup that is naturally sweet and perfect for the whole family.
Traditionally in the Cantonese soup repertoire, this green radish and carrot soup is cooling and often recommended if you’re feeling heaty, want to cool the body, or it’s hot and humid in the summer and autumn months.
It is also commonly found as a dinner soup, where restaurants will serve it at the beginning of the meal known as “lai tong” (or aka, free soup). You’ll find the bits of carrots and green radish chopped up and along with pork (or chicken).
This soup is delicious, hearty, and tastes like home! My family often prepares this and my (grown) children will always ask for it when I ask them what kind of soup they want 🙂
Pre-marinate the pork bones overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
Start boiling your water soup
In a separate pot, blanch the pork shank and strain it to remove any dirt and debris from the blanching
Wash all the vegetables
Peel and cut into large cubes the carrots and Chinese radishes
Add everything into the boiling water of your soup
Boil together for at least 30 minutes and then can reduce to a mild simmer for another 2 hours.
If you’d like to quick boil this faster, I’d suggest cutting up the pieces smaller, almost cubed.
Be sure to also buy fresh, firm green radish. You’ll know they’re fresh because they are super hard to touch and you can’t really squeeze them. When they get soft, squishy (but not leaky), they’re already drying out and aging.
This combination of green radish and carrots are amazingly delicious! Some people will also add white radishes, which makes the soup even more cooling, and corn is also a nice addition! Enjoy!